Early goals allow Éire Óg to sail into last four
Éire Óg 2-9 Newtown Blues 0-8
Carlow champions Éire Óg made short work of their Louth counterparts in Drogheda to book a semi-final date with Longford champions Mullinalaghta.
The teams traded points early on, with Christopher Blake opening the scoring for the Carlow side before Robert Carr responded almost immediately for Newtown Blues.
A John Kermode point put the Blues ahead for the first time after 12 minutes.
However, having levelled the scores, Éire Óg made the first big breakthrough, when forward Murtough Ware turned Blues full-back Emmet Carolan before firing the ball low and hard past Dean Martin.
The Louth champions were still reeling from that when the Carlow side scored a second goal.
Éire Óg corner-back Brendan Kavanagh ventured upfield and he was on hand to collect an Eoghan Ruth knock-down and place the ball low into the bottom corner of the net.
Jordan Morrissey extended the Carlow side's lead with an excellent point from distance before Andy McDonnell ended the first-half scoring with a good point from play, making to 2-5 to 0-5 in favour of éire Óg at the break.
The Blues had made three changes by the time the second half started as manager Ronan Phillips tried to get his side back into the contest, but it proved futile as Éire Óg continued to dominate.
Their six-point lead went out to nine points within 10 minutes of the restart, as Simon Rea, Ross Dunphy and Darragh O'Brien were all on target.
A Colm Judge free got Newtown Blues up and running 15 minutes into the second half, but the home side's body language suggested they knew that score would be meagre consolation come the final whistle.
A Ciaran Downey free put the gloss on a fine performance for the visitors, while a miserable day at the office was capped late on for the Blues, with red cards for Andy McDonnell and Jamie Kelly, as the Louth men finished with 13 players.
Scorers - Éire Óg: D O'Brien 0-3 (2f); B Kavanagh, M Ware 1-0 each; S Rea 0-2; C Blake, R Dunphy, S Gannon and J Morrissey 0-1 each. Newtown Blues: A McDonnell, C Judge, C Downey (1f) 0-2 each; J Kermode, R Carr 0-1 each.
Éire Óg - R Moore; F O'Toole, M Fitzgerald, B Kavanagh; J Lowry, P McElligott, J Morrissey; S Gannon, K Chatten; S Rea, R Dunphy, E Ruth; D O'Brien, M Ware, C Blake. Subs: C Bolger for Rea (46), N Quinlan for Blake (49), M Furey for Lowry (53), C Mullins for Ware (57), E Kelly for Dunphy (60).
Newtown Blues - D Martin; F Donohoe, E Carolan, P Moore; K Carr, S Moonan, J Connolly; A McDonnell, J Kermode; R Carr, C Downey, C Branigan; C Judge, R Nally, C Moore. Subs: I Connor for Moonan (23), H McGinn for Kermode (26), Kermode for C Moore (h-t), J Kelly for K Carr (41), T Costello for Nally (49).
Ref - P Maguire (Longford).