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Padraic Harnan, Meath, and Daniel St Ledger, Carlow, in Leinster SFC Quarter-Final action at O'Moore Park.
Padraic Harnan, Meath, and Daniel St Ledger, Carlow, in Leinster SFC Quarter-Final action at O'Moore Park.

Leinster SFC: Meath march on


Leinster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final

MEATH 2-18 CARLOW 0-9

By Paul Keane at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise

Full-forward Mickey Newman helped himself to 1-6 in Portlaoise as Meath made it back to back wins in the Leinster SFC, securing a semi-final clash with Laois or Westmeath.

Andy McEntee's Royal County took their time to get going but burst clear late in the first-half and dominated the second-half.

Goals from Newman and Padraig Harnan late in the first-half paved the way for Meath's second win in the competition after taking care of Offaly.

Their reward is a June 9 trip to Croke Park to play the winners of tomorrow's Laois/Westmeath game in Tullamore.

Carlow put up a good fight initially but were rocked by those goals and lost midfielders Sean Murphy and Eoghan Ruth to second-half dismissals.

Murphy received a straight red following an incident involving Meath defender Donal Keoghan in the 49th minute and Ruth left the field 10 minutes later after a black card.

It was a tough night for depleted Carlow who were without three key figures in their camp; boss Turlough O'Brien, coach Steven Poacher and experienced midfielder Brendan Murphy.

All three failed with appeals against suspensions arising from an incident during their Allianz league game against Down.

It got even worse for Carlow when they lost Paul Broderick, arguably their best forward, within 15 minutes following an injury.

They trailed by 0-4 to 0-1 at that stage after a slow start though impressively battled back to level terms in the 25th minute.

Darragh Foley stood up to the plate with three points in a row to offer some hope of another giant-killing act after taking out Kildare last year.

But it was all downhill from there for the Barrowsiders who didn't score again in the first-half as Meath hit them for 2-3 before the interval.

Ben Brennan clipped back to back points before Meath's goals arrived in a two-minute spell.

Joint captain Keogan was involved in both, taking Bryan McMahon's pass and playing it to Newman for Meath's first in the 30th minute.

Two minutes later Keogan fed fellow defender Harnan who palmed in beyond the advancing Carlow keeper Robert Sansom after another sweet move.

Newman added a converted free as the favourites romped 2-7 to 0-4 ahead at half-time.

Carlow needed a huge second-half display but things only got worse for them as they lost their midfielders and Meath picked off enough points to surge 15 points clear by full-time.

Newman, Menton and defender Shane Gallagher were all on the mark while subs Graham Reilly and James Conlon impressed with 0-5 between them.

The only blot on Newman's copybook was a 59th minute penalty that he failed to convert as Carlow 'keeper Sansom pulled off one of a number of fine saves.

Scorers for Meath: Michael Newman 1-6 (4fs), Padraic Harnan 1-0, James Conlon 0-3, Ben Brennan 0-2 (1f), Bryan Menton 0-2, G Reilly 0-2, Cillian O'Sullivan 0-1, Thomas O'Reilly 0-1, Shane Gallagher 0-1.

Scorers for Carlow: Darragh Foley 0-3 (1f), Diarmuid Walshe 0-3 (2fs, 145), John Murphy 0-1, Sean Murphy 0-1, Eoghan Ruth 0-1

MEATH: Andrew Colgan; Shane Gallagher, Conor McGill, Seamus Lavin; Donal Keogan, Padraic Harnan, Gavin McCoy; Bryan Menton, Adam Flanagan; Cillian O'Sullivan, Bryan McMahon, Ben Brennan; Sean Tobin, Michael Newman, Thomas O'Reilly.

Subs: Barry Dardis for O'Reilly (34), Graham Reilly for Tobin (51), Ronan Ryan for McCoy (55), Darragh Campion for O'Sullivan (60), James Conlon for Brennan (65), Ethan Devine for Menton (70).

CARLOW: Robert Sansom; Liam Roberts, Shane Redmond, Conor Lawlor; Jordan Morrissey, Daniel St Ledger, Ciaran Moran; Sean Murphy, Eoghan Ruth; Sean Gannon, Darragh Foley, Conor Doyle; Paul Broderick, Darragh O'Brien, John Murphy.

Subs: Diarmuid Walshe for Broderick (15), Conor Crowley for O'Brien (h/t), Brendan Kavanagh for Lawlor (h/t), Jamie Clarke for Gannon (38-40), Danny Moran for St Ledger (54, black card), John Murphy (Tinryland) for Ruth (60, black card), Darren Lunney for Murphy (Grange) (62).

Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry).

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