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Leinster MFC first round

Defending Leinster champions Dublin outclassed hosts Carlow, winning by a massive 23 points at Dr Cullen Park yesterday evening.

The Dubs led 0-7 to 0-1 at half-time. Second-half goals from Gavin Burke and Shane Cunningham stretched the visitors' lead while Conor McHugh gave a man-of-the-match performance, scoring 0-10. Carlow were abysmal and could only muster a single point from play by full-forward Andrew Beaton two minutes into the second half. Dublin won as they pleased, but will surely face stiffer opposition as the championship progresses.

Scorers -- Dublin: C McHugh 0-10 (4f), G Burke 1-3, S Cunningham 1-1, C Costello 0-3, S Carthy, N Scully (f), D Campbell, N Walsh 0-1 each. Carlow: A Beaton 0-3 (0-2f), C Blake 0-1(f)

Referee: A Nolan (Wicklow)

Louth 2-10
Westmeath 0-6

BUOYED by their senior side's big win over Meath last week, Louth minors dug deep to perform a remarkable second-half turnaround against Westmeath at McGeough Park in Dundalk yesterday.

Trailing by 0-6 to 0-2 at the half-time interval, and lucky not to be further in arrears, Thomas McNamee's men emerged a more potent force after the restart and slowly chipped away at Westmeath's lead to draw level in the 42nd minute.

Lively corner-forward, Shane Matthews nipped in for the opening goal of the game five minutes later.

And with Tommy Carr's men failing to score a single point in the second period, Louth were already well on their way to victory by the time substitute Cian Doyle netted a second goal with his very first touch.

Scorers -- Louth: S Kilcoyne 0-5 (1f), S Matthews 1-2, C Doyle 1-0, R Quigley, J Arrowsmith, C Grimes 0-1 each; Westmeath: S Dempsey 0-2, G Leech, L Dolan, R Connellan (f), R Gorman 0-1 each

Louth: S McQuillan; C McMenamin, K Lenehan, C Ward; T McCann, A English, D Marks; C Grimes, J Stewart; C Giggins, D McMahon, M Newell; S Matthews, R Quigley, S Kilcoyne. Subs: M Kane for C McMenamin (15), J Arrowsmith for M Newell (35), C Doyle for C Giggins (56)

Westmeath: B Doyle; B O'Donoghue, L Corless, D Lynam; A McCormack, E Quigley, M McMahon; PJ Maguire, A Curley; T Watts, G Leech, R Gorman; L Dolan, R Connellan, S Dempsey. Subs: R Caffrey for G Leech (22), K Daly for A Curley (37), G Leech for R Connellan (44), J Barreyy for PJ Maguire (50)

Referee: R Malone (Dublin)

Kildare 3-19
Wexford 0-10

Kildare hit three second-half goals as they eased their way into the quarter-finals following an impressive display at St Conleth's Park in Newbridge yesterday afternoon.

The hosts held a slender 0-7 to 0-6 lead at the half-time break but exploded into life in the second half.

Wayne Fitzpatrick netted the first of his two goals in the 35th minute with a low, left-footed drive.

Powerful midfielder Paschal Connell added a second major 10 minutes later with an empathic finish.

Wexford were a beaten team a long way from the end of proceedings despite the best efforts of Donal Shanley, and they could only look on helplessly as Man of the Match Fitzpatrick rounded off the victory with Kildare's third goal of the game three minutes from the end.

Scorers -- Kildare: W Fitzpatrick 2-5 (0-1f, 0-1 '45), P Connell 1-1, P Brophy 0-3 (1f), N Kelly, N Flynn 0-3 each, D Duke, D Hyland, R Houlihan, C Healy 0-1 each

Wexford: D Shanley 0-4 (3f, 1 '45), P Breen, P Conway 0-2 each, S Donohue, P Curtis 0-1 each

Kildare: C Heaney; K Mulhall, E Mahon, T O'Connell, D Duke, D Hyland, R Houlihan; S Christanseen, P Connell; S O'Flynn, N Kelly, M Sherry, W Fitzpatrick, P Brophy, N Flynn. Subs: C Healy for Sherry (39), O Gill for Duke (49), R Fitzgibbon for O'Flynn, (54), R Moore for Christenseen (58), J Dunne for Flynn (59)

Wexford: M O'Toole; T McDonnell, P Cody, S Donohue, N Rossiter, J Tubritt, S Byrne; P Barden, E O'Byrne; D Shanley, D Doyle, P Curtis, P Breen, P Waters, P Conway. Subs: C Cleary for Byrne (7 inj), G Stamp for Doyle, (h-t), K O'Connor for Rossiter (43), J Carty for Barden, (46), D Keating for Curtis (59)

Referee: S Johnson (Louth)

Meath 1-11
Longford 0-11

A goal from a penalty, converted by corner-forward Barry Dardis in the closing stages of the first half, proved to be the decisive matchwinning score as Meath got the better of Longford at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park yesterday afternoon.

Scorers -- Longford: R Connor (1f), L Moran 0-3 each, C Mallon 0-2 (2f), L Connerton, R McNerney, D McGivney (0-1) each. Meath: C O'Sullivan 0-5 (1f), S Coogan 0-3 (2 '45', 1f), B Dardis 1-0 (1 pen), P Kennelly, E Wallace 0-1 each

Longford: C Farrell; M Mulligan, C Farrelly, J Gill; S Clarke, A McElligott, E Noonan; T Jackson, A Dalton; L Connerton, R McNerney, D McGivney; L Moran, R Connor, J Earley. Subs: L Sullivan for E Noonan (h-t), P Farrell for A McElligott (36), C Mallon for J Earley (45), K Farrell for L Connerton (49), G Connell for T Jackson (57)

Meath: R Burlingham; J Dowdall, B Power, D Toner; D Smyth, S McEntee, R O Coileain; P Harnan, A Flanagan; C O'Sullivan, P Kennelly, J McEntee; B Dardis, E Wallace, S Coogan. Subs: J O'Malley for J Dowdall (20), O Reilly for J McEntee (51), C Gillespie for A Flanagan (51), N Kane for D Toner (55), C O'Brien for O Reilly (62)

Referee: F Smyth (Offaly)

Wicklow 2-5
Laois 1-6

Wicklow minors carved out a deserved win over Laois at Aughrim last night.

Laois went two points up in the first quarter but it was Wicklow who dominated for most of the opening half and were not flattered in leading 2-1 to 0-3 at the break. Michael O'Connor drew a good save from Laois 'keeper Adam O'Reilly before drilling home Wicklow's first goal after 17 minutes and the second goal was scored nine minutes later by midfielder Pat Phelan. Wicklow stretched their lead with two points by Daniel Dawson after the restart but Evan O'Carroll threw Laois a lifeline when he blasted to the net on 43 minutes.

Wicklow dug deep and held out in the face of strong Laois pressure.

Scorers -- Wicklow: P Phelan 1-1, M O'Connor 1-1, D Dawson 0-2, C French 0-1. Laois: P Kingston 0-2, E O'Carroll 1-1, J Moore 0-1, M Lyons 0-1, N Mullins 0-1

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