Meath denied a semi-final place in O'Byrne Cup

Longford denied Meath a place in the semi-finals of the 2008 O'Byrne Cup as they recorded a magnificent 0-14 to 1-6 win at Navan this afternoon.

Longford denied Meath a place in the semi-finals of the 2008 O'Byrne Cup as they recorded a magnificent 0-14 to 1-6 win at Navan this afternoon.

Luke Dempsey's charges were certainly fired up for this game and although Meath led by 0-4 to 0-1 after 11 minutes, they could only manage one point for the remainder of the first half as Longford got on top.

Brian Kavanagh and Francis Magee were among those who led the charge for the visitors. Longford managed to turn a three-point deficit into a one-point lead by the interval at 0-6 to 0-5, with the sides level on three occasions during a lively opening period.

Although Colm Coyle's side bounced back strongly on the restart, following a Niall Mooney fisted goal, Longford worked hard in the second half and finished 0-14 to 1-6 winners.

Brothers were in action on opposite sides at O'Connor Park, Tullamore as DCU came from behind to register a 0-15 to 1-7 win over Offaly.

DCU's William Mulhall had the last laugh as the students held on despite conceding a late goal from Mulhall's brother Alan.

The hosts led by 0-3 to 0-1 after 21 minutes but good work from Seanie Johnston of Cavan, Sligo's Brendan Egan and Cathal Cregg of Roscommon gave the students into a 0-7 to 0-3 interval lead.

Offaly rallied on the restart but when Ken Casey missed a close range goal opportunity, it looked like it was not going to be their day.

DCU continued to remain strong and points from Brian Sheridan of Meath and Laois's Craig Rogers saw them go 0-14 to 0-7 ahead with six minutes remaining.

Although Alan Mulhall did find the net for the hosts in the closing stages, DCU had done enough to book a place in the semi-finals.

Dublin, winners over Westmeath last night, will have to wait a little longer before they find out who they will face in the last four. This afternoon's South East derby between Wexford and Carlow was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Enniscorthy.

Meanwhile, Laois, Louth and Kildare notched wins in the O'Byrne Cup Shield competition today.

Laois romped to a facile 5-23 to 1-4 triumph over Kilkenny at Stradbally.

Donal Brennan led the Laois charge with nine points, seven in the first half, while Paul Dunne and Brendan Quigley each bagged opening half goals.

Barry Fitzgerald and Ross Munnelly (2) also raised green flags in the second half as the home side ran out easy winners.

Louth bounced back from their midweek defeat to DCU with a 1-12 to 1-10 win over Athlone IT.

Louth led by 1-9 to 0-5 at half-time and although David Glennon kicked a goal for the students on the restart, the home side kept ahead thanks to an exceptional performance from Brian White who finished with a personal tally of 0-7.

Next weekend will see the Wee county face Kildare who recorded a 0-14 to 0-9 success over UCD. The tie between Wicklow and DIT was postponed due to bad weather.

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