Division 3 review: Monaghan hammer Meath

Updated: Monday, 04 Feb 2013 12:04 | Comments

Antrim edged a tight battle with Cavan Malachy O'Rourke's side hammered Meath in Clones
Antrim edged a tight battle with Cavan Malachy O'Rourke's side hammered Meath in Clones


Monaghan were resounding 12-point winners over a poor Meath side in the Allianz Football League Division 3 in Clones.

Jamie Queeney gave the Royals a great start as he found the net after 10 minutes to give Meath a two-point lead.

Gavin Doogan, the excellent Conor McManus and Kieran Hughes helped the home side gain the lead at the break, 0-07 to 1-02, leaving the Royals still firmly in the game.

But Meath would score just twice, and had a half-hour scoreless period as the Farney ran riot.

McManus top scored with 0-08, including six from play, while Darren Hughes bagged a goal and he finished the scoring with a point after Conor Gillespie's consolation three-pointer.

A 1-18 to 2-03 defeat gives Meath a fight on their hands to get out of Division 3 already.

Fermanagh made a dream start to their league season by controlling proceedings against Wicklow in a 10-point success.

Peter Canavan's men led 0-11 to 0-03 at the break and Shane McCabe's goal sealed a 1-16 to 0-09 win.

Sligo will rue a controversial penalty as it proved the difference between the sides as Dr Hyde Park as Roscommon started with a 1-11 to 1-08 victory.

The home side were two points ahead when the Yeats men hit back with a goal after Stephen Coen fed Adrian Marren to score.

A topsy turvy encounter was level in the 27th minute at 0-07 to 1-04 before Donie Smith scored a point and then converted from the penalty spot.

Sligo were wasteful in the second period and missed chance to close the gap with the Rossies holding on for a three-point win.

Antrim edged a tight battle with Cavan, winning 1-14 to 2-09 as both sides finished with 14.

Mark McKeever scored a goal for Cavan in the 16th minute as they took a narrow 1-05 to 0-07 advantage at half-time.

Antrim scored 1-05 at the beginning of the second half without reply.

A Martin Dunne penalty gave Cavan hope but points from Ryan Murray and Brendan Herron were enough for the Saffrons,

Cavan's Tomas Corr and Antrim's Sean McVeigh were the players dismissed. 

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