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Meath triumph in first Leinster SHC game in 13 years while Laois defeat Westmeath

The Royals saw off Kerry in Navan today.

Steven Clynch and Ross King were part of winning teams today (file photos)
Steven Clynch and Ross King were part of winning teams today (file photos)
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THERE WAS A triumphant return to Leinster senior hurling championship action today for the Meath hurlers at Páirc Tailteann while it was also a good afternoon for the Laois hurlers at O’Moore Park.

Meath saw off Kerry by 3-20 to 2-17 while Laois ran out 1-23 to 2-17 victors over Westmeath in the opening round-robin games this season in Leinster.

A late Cathal McCabe goal sealed Meath’s success in a game where the Royals were ahead 1-10 to 1-7 at the interval. Shane Nolan had pounced for an early Kerry goal but that was cancelled out by a goal for Meath by Sean Quigley.

Kevin Keena hit Meath’s second goal as they went ahead by nine points at one juncture in the second half. But they had to withstand a Kerry revival with Mikey Boyle rattling the net for the Kingdom while Nolan finished with 1-9 to his credit.

However the home side ran out six-point winners on a day when Stephen Clynch shot 0-7 and Quigley fired a total of 1-3.

Ross King notched 0-10 as Eamonn Kelly’s Laois ran out three-point victors in Portlaoise against Westmeath. The teams were level at the interval, 1-8 to 0-11, Paddy Whelan raising the green flag for Laois.

In the second half Laois took over with King pointing the way while there were also key scoring contributions from Stephen Maher (0-4) and Aaron Dunphy (0-3).

Westmeath cut the deficit with two goals courtesy of Robbie Greville and Eoin Price but they couldn’t overhaul their opponents.

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Leinster senior hurling championship round-robin

Meath 3-20 Kerry 2-17
Laois 1-23 Westmeath 2-17

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