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Meath show their teeth.

Meath 0-24, Carlow 0-6

Meath cruised into the semi-finals of the Leinster football championship with a touch of their old arrogance yesterday.

Carlow gave them no more than a good work-out in the 90- degree heat at Croke Park.

And had Meath not been a bit careless and slipshod near the finish, Carlow's humiliation would have been even more complete.

But it was a win which put a smile on manager Sean Boylan's face.

"We have buried the memory of the 10-point defeat we suffered in our last championship game," he said.

Dublin inflicted that defeat and Meath, who play Laois in the semi-final, now have the All- Ireland champs in their sights again.

"We have won at Croke Park with four new boys in our team and that's important as well as pleasing," added Boylan.

"But Carlow were unfortunate in their injuries and kept coming back at us."

Boylan was really being kind to Carlow, who were just not at the races.

They moved the ball sweetly at times, but some of their passing was awful and Meath simply swallowed up their best efforts.

Joe Hayden hit the crossbar after 56 minutes and Johnny Nevin knocked the rebound wide - and that just about summed them up.

Meath were in more danger of being struck down with sunstroke than of being beaten by Carlow.

The opposition were disastrous, but this Meath outfit are certainly on their way back.

Meath: T Giles 0-7, E Kelly 0-5, B Reilly 0-3, B Callaghan 0-3, T Dowd 0-2, G Geraghty, P Reynolds, M Reilly, D Curtis 0-1 each.

Carlow: A Keating 0-4, N Doyle 0-1, J Hayden 0-1.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 17, 1996
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