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Meath progress after victory

Cian Ward stole the show with four goals as Meath scored a decisive 5-8 to 2-8 win over Louth in a repeat of last year's controversial Leinster final to progress to the second round of the All-Ireland SFC Qualifier series.

Ward drilled home two goals, while Darren Clarke scored Louth's entire first half total as they went in at the break trailing by 2-4 to 1-4.

Ward hit the net twice more as the Royals closed out the contest, with Paddy Keenan pulling back a goal from a penalty, before Paddy Gilsenan drilled in a fifth Royal goal.

Longford eased through to the second round of the Qualifiers with a 2-16 to 0-11 win over Cavan at Breffni Park.

Eugene Keating's four points helped Cavan to a 0-7 to 0-6 lead at half-time, with Sean McCormack hitting three for the Midlanders.

McCormack finished with a nine point haul, and Brian Kavanagh completed the rout with a volleyed goal in the final minute.

Niall McNamee's first half goal propelled Offaly to a 1-18 to 1-10 win over Monaghan, with Christopher McGuinness pulling a goal back for the Farney men.

Last year's beaten All-Ireland finalists Down had a close call on their trip to Clare, where they escaped with a 1-13 to 1-12 win. Both goals came in the first half, with Conor Laverty netting for Down, and Timmy Ryan responding for the home side.

London scored their first championship win in 34 years when they shocked Fermanagh by 0-15 to 0-8 in an All-Ireland SFC Qualifier tie at Ruislip. Padraig McGoldrick and Eoin O'Neill were the chief marksmen for the Exiles, who held on for a historic win after leading by 0-9 to 0-1 at half-time.

Antrim defeated Westmeath by 0-16 to 1-7. James Donal scored an early goal for the Leinster side, but the Saffrons finished strongly at Casement Park, with Gerard O'Boyle hitting a string of classy points.


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