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Down hurlers ease past Meath

Sunday 17th March 2024

Sunday 17th March

Report Kevin Eagan, Photo Ray McManus Sportsfile 


A Daithí Sands hat-trick helped Down to a comfortable 3-19 to 1-16 win over Meath on Saturday, securing a second trip to Portlaoise in this campaign and an opportunity to improve on their 2-18 to 0-17 defeat last month.

A Jack Walsh goal for Meath gave the Royals a great start but they fell away in the second quarter, coughing up a seven-point lead thanks to the first two goals that were scored by Sands.

With the scores at 2-9 to 1-10 there wasn’t much between them and when Down’s Eoghan Sands received a red card early in the second half there was further opportunity for Meath to try and put pressure on their hosts, but another goal from Daithí Sands soon after sucked the life out of their challenge and they faded away.