Royals overwhelm hapless Carlow in facile victory
Meath safely booked their passage into the Leinster semi-final with a 28-point hammering of Carlow at Dr. Cullen Park today.
Carlow 0-06 Meath 7-13
The Royals bagged seven goals in a comfortable win, but the opening exchanges will give manager Mick O’Dowd food for thought.
The home side nearly found the net in the opening minute Seamus Kinsella opted to pass to the onrushing Ciaran Moran but his fisted volleyed effort sailed wide of the upright.
Carlow did create further opportunities but two tame shots into the hands of Patrick O’Rourke in the Meath goal gifted possession away. Michael Newman eventually opened the scoring for the visitors on six minutes when he availed of the advantage rule when converting a recalled free. Andrew Tormey added another point four minutes later.
Paul Broderick scored a great point from way out the field as Carlow desperately struggled to stay in the game. Both sides were guilty of gifting away possession with far too many misplaced passes.
Less than five minutes before the break, the flood gates opened as Meath took advantage of lax Carlow defending. In the space of a minute, Brian McMahon and Stephen Bray pounced for goals and left Carlow to rue two missed goal chances and a total of seven wides. Ahead 3-6 to 0-2 at the interval, the game was over.
Even though Seamus Kinsella converted a 36th minute free for Carlow, there was a sense of inevitability when Andrew Tormey replied instantly with another goal. It was just sabre rattling for the remainder of the contest.
Carlow’s misery was compounded in the 50th minute when Michael Newman scored two of the easiest goals he will ever score in the space of a minute.
They will now move into the provincial semi-final while Carlow will now have to dust themselves down for the qualifiers.