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Meath minors dump Dubs out of Leinster with 10-point win

Elsewhere, Kildare and Laois also booked their spots in the last four of the provincial championship.

Dublin minor manager Paddy Christie.
Dublin minor manager Paddy Christie.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

PADDY CHRISTIE’S DUBLIN minor footballers have been knocked out of the Leinster championship in spectacular fashion at the hands of rivals Meath in Navan.

The Dubs had the better of their Royal neighbours in a Leinster MFL semi-final earlier this year but Meath’s youngsters ran out comprehensive 1-18 to 2-5 winners in this provincial quarter-final clash.

Meath raced out to a 0-3 to 0-0 lead early on only for the Dubs to peg them back through a Kevin Callaghan goal on six minutes.

But Meath responded in brilliant fashion to build a 0-12 to 1-2 half-time lead.

The second half couldn’t have begun much worse for the Dubs as they lost Cormac Howley to a red card before Jason Scully compounded their misery with a goal for the home side with less than 10 minutes to play.

Callaghan got his second minutes later but it was merely a consolation at that stage as the Royals had the game long sewn up.

Elsewhere, Laois shaded their thrilling last-eight battle with Louth on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-12.

In a game that was tight throughout, it was Ciaran Comerford’s goal 20 minutes from time that ultimately got the O’Moore County home.

In today’s early game, Kildare had too much firepower for Westmeath, running out 1-16 to 0-8 victors.

The Lilywhites got off to a dream start when Ciaran Kelly dispatched a penalty in the first minute. And with Kelly and the impressive Jimmy Hyland to the fore, Kildare always had plenty to spare.

The fourth quarter-final, between Offaly and Wexford, throws in at 1pm tomorrow in Tullamore.

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