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Leinster crisis - football's provincial wasteland

Frank Roche


No threat in sight for Dubs with Meath odds-on for the drop and it may end in tiers for Kildare

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Those were the days: Graham Geraghty and Meath manager Sean Boylan celebrate the 2001 Leinster SFC final win over Dublin – the Royals have beaten the Dubs only once (2010) since then. Photo: Sportsfile

Those were the days: Graham Geraghty and Meath manager Sean Boylan celebrate the 2001 Leinster SFC final win over Dublin – the Royals have beaten the Dubs only once (2010) since then. Photo: Sportsfile

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Those were the days: Graham Geraghty and Meath manager Sean Boylan celebrate the 2001 Leinster SFC final win over Dublin – the Royals have beaten the Dubs only once (2010) since then. Photo: Sportsfile

SOMETIMES, no matter how distant the memory to when the Leinster football championship mattered, you need to remind yourself how long it has been.

The last time Dublin fell in Leinster was exactly nine years and eight months ago.

You might even surmise that they suffered enough provincial trauma on June 27, 2010 - leaking five goals to a rampant Meath in that surreal semi-final - to last an entire decade. They have won their subsequent 27 Leinster fixtures by a cumulative 381 points - over 14 points per game, on average.