By Mark Jones
If last weekend’s football fare was largely predictable in terms of results, Meath pulled off the shock of the 2002 championships to date when they defeated Laois by 2-16 to 1-18 in the Leinster hurling championship at Navan.
Laois looked to have booked their passage when Mickey Cole blasted home a sensational match-winning goal for Meath in injury time. It was an outstanding performance by manager Michael Duignan and his players, who had been relegated from Div. 1 of the league, while Nicky Horan proved to be the star of the game with a superb personal tally of 1-10.
Also, Dublin edged Westmeath by 2-12 to 1-12 at Mullingar, with Westmeath desperately unlucky not to earn a replay when Darren McCormack’s kicked shot trickled just inches past the post in the closing seconds. In Ulster, Down were much too strong for London running out 3-22 to 1-9 winners at Casement Park and will now meet provincial champions Derry in the semifinal.