Leinster Minor Football Championship round-up
Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship Round 1
Dublin 4-10 Meath 2-10
Louth 3-16 Kilkenny 3-8
Kildare 1-16 Wicklow 0-12
Westmeath 2-8 Longford 0-8
Offaly 1-10 Wexford 1-9
Carlow 0-11 Laois 0-11
Reigning champions Meath were beaten 4-10 to 2-10 by Dublin in an exciting Leinster Minor Football Championship Round 1 clash at Parnell Park this evening.
Aaron Chinchilla scored a goal in the very first minute for the young Royals but Dublin replied in kind shortly afterwards through Sean Purcell.
Another Dublin goal from Robbie Bolger and a point from Fionn Murray helped Dublin into a five-point lead mid-way through the first half but Meath were the better side from there to the break.
David Bell scored a second goal for the Royals and when the half-time whistle blew the teams were deadlocked at 2-6 apiece.
Ryan O'Dwyer scored Dublin's third goal of the match 12 minutes into the second-half but Meath kept battling and were right in the game until Dublin substitute Luke Swan struck a fourth and decisive goal for the home team.
Last year's beaten Leinster finalists, Kildare, finished strongly to see off a gallant Wicklow side in their first round clash.
The team's were level at 0-10 apiece mid-way through the second-half, but Kildare pulled clear thereafter and made the win safe when Adam Conneely struck for a brilliant late goal.
A Kilkenny minor team managed by DJ Carey produced a creditable performance on their return to the Leinster Minor Football Championship this evening, scoring three goals against Louth before losing out by eight points in the end.
There were wins tonight too for Offaly over Wexford and Westmeath over Longford, while neighbours Carlow and Laois battled to a draw.
This year's Leinster Minor Football Championship is divided into three groups of four, with the Round 2 matches taking place in two weeks' time.