Leinster MHC roundup
Westmeath 2-13 Carlow 0-18
Evan Scally scored a last-gasp point to give Westmeath victory over Carlow in this Leinster MHC tie at Netwatch Cullen Park.
It was largely a shoot-out between Conor Kehoe (0-9) and Westmeath No 11, Shane Williams (0-8).
Carlow held a 0-9 to 0-6 lead before Westmeath full-forward Brian Farrell combined with Pierce Weir Norris and the visitors led 1-8 to 0-10 at the break. Westmeath struck their vital second goal on 46 minutes through Aaron Hill.
Carlow looked to have forced extra time when Conor Kehoe pointed in injury time, but Scally had other ideas.
SCORERS - Westmeath: S William 0-8 (5f); A Hill 1-1; P Weir Norris 1-0; C Murphy 0-2; M Glynn, E Scally 0-1 each. Carlow: C Kehoe 0-9 (6f, 1 '65); T Doran 0-3; F O'Toole 0-2; J Wall, J McCullagh, L Brennan, M Sherratt 0-1 each.
Westmeath - J Mukerrin; E Murray, Z Aherne, E Rhattigan; C Gavigan, C Cleere, C Murray; C Daly, M Glynn; A Hill, S Williams, A Shaw; C Murphy, B Farrell, P Weir Norris. Sub: E Scally for Gavigan (51).
Carlow - D Slye; E English, M Joyce, L Doyle; D Deacon, G Kavanagh, N Bolger; F F Fitzpatrick, J Wall; T Doran, C Kehoe, L Brennan; J McCullagh, S Treacy, F O'Toole. Subs: P Kavanagh for Wall (35); M Sherratt for Brennan (40); J Doyle for Bolger (52).
Ref - C Mooney (Dublin).
Kildare 7-35 Down 0-5
The Kildare minor hurlers cruised past a Down side with only 15 players, reaching the knockout stages of round two on an amazing 51-point margin in Abbotstown on Saturday.
Leading 1-10 to nil by the time Down opened their account in the 14th minute, Kildare manager Cathal Fenton said: "We targeted the first 10 minutes, when the match was there to be won."
Kildare led 3-19 to 0-3 at half-time and Fenton agreed that "it was won well in that time, so we'll gleam a few of the positives out of that".
ScorerS - Kildare: D Qualter 2-3 (2f); D Melville 1-6 (1f); J Higgins 0-8; C O'Donovan 1-4; R Stapleton 1-2; D McMahon 0-5 (1f); E McConnon 1-1; M Whelan 1-0; A Mooney 0-3; C McCabe 0-2; F O'Sullivan 0-1. Down: R O'Neill 0-4 (3f); I Hussain 0-1.
KILDARE - A Hacket; P O'Donoghue, S Conway, M Eustace; P Dolan, C Shanahan, A Mooney; F O'Sullivan, C Boran; C O'Donovan, R Stapleton, J Higgins; D Melville, C McCabe, D Qualter. Subs: E McConnon for McCabe (14); J Owens for Melville B/S (17); K O'Callaghan for Hacket (h-t); O for O'Sullivan (h-t); D McMahon for Boran (h-t); M Whelan for Melville (38).
DOWN - C Lavery; R McGrath, D Kelly, E Bell; I Hussain, E Pucci, C Savage; J Duggan, F Collins; R O'Neill, E Magee, T McGrattan; N Kelly, J Lee.
REF - M Ryan (Dublin)
Meath 3-17 Antrim 2-12
Meath advanced to the second round as they held off Antrim's challenge to secure an impressive victory at Clane on Saturday.
Inspired by Cathal McKeown and James Murray, Meath recovered from a tentative start to take command. The accuracy of Conor McGovern kept Meath in contention early on and when McKeown and McGovern pounced for goals they established a 2-6 to 0-7 interval lead.
However, Daire Murphy hit the net twice to leave it 2-8 to 2-10. Meath pulled clear through McGovern and Murray before McKeown netted his second in injury-time.
SCORERS - Meath: C McGovern 1-5 (4f, 1 '65), C McKeown 2-2, J Murray 0-6 (2f), J Lanigan 0-3, R Byas 0-1. Antrim: D Murphy 2-5 (1-0 pen, 3f), S McAuley 0-3, P Gilligan 0-2, F McKernan, F McQuillan 0-1 each.
Meath - C Lyons; R Ennis, G Fleming, G McVann; D Farrell, A Traynor, A Boyle; C Smith, L Horan; A O'Kane, J Lanigan, M Keogh; C McKeown, C McGovern, J Murray. Subs: R Byan for O'Kane h-t, N O Laoire for Ennis (50), C Lonergan for Boyle (53).
Antrim - C McKeegan; E May, M Emerson, S McDonnell; C Heaney, R McCloskey, E McGarry; R Murray, E Trainor; F McKernan, S McAuley, P Gilligan; C McGarry, L McLoughlin, D Murphy. Subs: F McQuillan for McLoughlin (22), C O Mullan for McKernan (48), McLoughlin for McGarry (57).
REF - R Fitzsimons (Offaly)