Tuesday 21 November 2017

Dubs undone by dominant Meath

Meath 1-18 Dublin 2-5

Meath's Daragh Champion, left, James Conlon, 13, Ethan Devin and Eoin Smyth rejoice in their victory. Photo: Sportsfile
Meath's Daragh Champion, left, James Conlon, 13, Ethan Devin and Eoin Smyth rejoice in their victory. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin's Seán Bulger looks morose after the final whistle. Photo: Sportsfile
Daragh Champion resists a challenge from Nathan Nolan. Photo: Sportsfile
Nathan Doran of Dublin is held back by Niall Murphy of Meath. Photo: Sportsfile

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Meath had to go back to 2010, when they put five goals past Stephen Cluxton, for their last championship success over Dublin at any level.

They bridged that gap in emphatic fashion with this 10-point trouncing of their arch-rivals in this Leinster MFC quarter-final at Pairc Tailteann.

The outsiders dominated proceeding against what proved a very disappointing Dublin challenge. It was level on 17 minutes, but Meath took control after that and Eoin Smyth, Ethan Devine and Jason Scully all bagged a brace apiece.

SCORERS - Meath: J Scully 1-3 (2f), J Conlon 0-5, D Campion 0-3, E Smyth, E Devine 0-2 each, E O'Kelly Lynch, S Reilly, J Cassidy 0-1 each. Dublin: K Callaghan 2-0, C Hynes 0-2f, T Keane, C Howley, S Bugler 0-1 each.
MEATH - A McDermott; R Clarke, C Harnan, B O'Reilly; J Cassidy, N Murphy, C O'Reilly; E O'Kelly Lynch, S Reilly; D Campion, J Scully, E Smyth; J Conlon, E Devine, F O'Reilly, Subs: E Mooney for F O'Reilly (46), C O'Byrne for Devine (52), M Callaghan for Reilly, N Durkan for Smyth, A Murphy for C O'Reilly (all 56), C Cullen for Clarke (59)
DUBLIN - E Comerford; R Shaw, N Doran, CJ Smith; C Lennon, J Holland, M Tighe; A Kelly, M Donnelly; T Keane, S Bugler, D O'Brien; K Callaghan, C Howley, C Hynes. Subs: E Fitzpatrick for Kelly, A Bradshaw for Lennon, N Nolan for Tighe (all h/t), R McGarry for Hynes (41), G McNamara for Shaw (45), P Flaherty for Donnelly (58).
REF - S Mulhare (Laois)

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