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.