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Meath's rout shows depth of quality in Ulster

By John Campbell

The Ulster senior football Championship may throw up the occasional helping of controversy but at least the matches for the most part are just that, not mis-matches as was evidenced in Leinster yesterday.

In overcoming luckless Carlow by a whopping 7-13 to 0-6, Meath underlined just how lop-sided fixtures can prove and cemented the credibility of the Ulster series in which the biggest win to date was by a nine-point margin when Tyrone beat Down after a replay.

Mickey Newman's three goals underpinned Meath's stroll in the park against a Carlow outfit that were totally out of their depth.

But the Royal County will find Kildare a much different proposition in their next encounter.

In the Munster football quarter-final, Clare proved too sharp for Waterford by winning by 3-11 to 0-12 with Gary Brennan, Shane Brennan and Rory Donnelly scoring their goals.

In the Leinster hurling championship, Dublin remain on courses to retain their title following a fine 0-22 to 1-14 win over Wexford. The Dubs led by 0-11 to 1-6 at half-time before turning up the heat.

Alan McCrabbe landed nine points, Conal Keaney scored five and Michael Carton contributed two. And Cork sent out a sharp message in the Munster Championship when they beat All-Ireland champions Clare by 2-23 to 2-18 with the brilliant Patrick Horgan helping himself to 2-11.

Longford, meanwhile, overcame Sligo by 3-17 to 3-13 to enter next year's Nicky Rackard Cup competition. Longford now step up and Sligo must drop down.

Meanwhile, the Cavan board is not to contest the one-match bans proposed on Feargal Flanagan and Martin Dunne followed the pre-match parade fracas that marked the county's Ulster Championship game against Armagh.

Nor will the board appeal against the €5,000 fine which has been imposed.

Armagh's fine is to be paid by Boylesports Bookmakers and a date for the hearings committee meeting at which the one-match bans on Andy Mallon, Kieran Toner and Brendan Donaghy could be known later today.

In the Ulster U21 Hurling Championship Shield, Tyrone beat Cavan by 3-34 to 0-4 at Garvaghey.

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