Seven goals in two league games shows Meath have a dangerous attack, thirty five points conceded illustrates where the problems lie for Colm O’Rourkes work in progress.

Add in goalkeeper Harry Hogan having an off day  from the kicking tee and it is just as well the goals went in the other end even if a couple were of the gift  variety.

That said Meath themselves conceded soft scores mainly by way of conceding needless frees,

Donal Lenihan got two of Meaths goals, as it happened the opening two, the first arriving when Jordan Morris drilled a kiw cross over and Lenihan side footed home.

The Dunboyne man fisted home the second from a Ronan Jones delivery and inside thirty seconds Morris found the net following a poor David Sexton kick out.

Those goals left Meath 3-3 to 0-7 ahead at the break

Sexton saved superbly to deny Morris his second early in the second half but Jason Scully did eventually roll in Meaths fourth


Scorers for Meath: D Lenihan (2-2, 0-2 frees); J Morris (1-2, 1 mark, 1 free); J Scully (1-1); J O’Connor, D McGowan, D Campion (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: E McMahon (0-5, 3 frees); G Cooney (0-3, 2 frees); M McInerney (0-2, 2 frees); J Malone, D Coughlan, A Griffin, P Lillis, P Collins, D Bohannon (0-1).

Meath: H Hogan; A O’Neill, M Flood, H O’Higgins; J O’Connor, D Keogan, C Hickey; R Jones, D McGowan; C O’Sullivan, J Scully, D Campion; J Morris, D Lenihan, S Walsh.

Subs: D Moriarty for Walsh (13); S Crosby for O’Sullivan (38-40, blood); B Conlon for McGowan (49); Crosby for Campion (53); S McEntee for Scully (68).

Clare: D Sexton; C Brennan, R Lanigan, M Doherty; J Malone; A Sweeney, P Lillis, C O’Dea; C O’Connor, D Bohannon; D Coughlan, E McMahon, C Downes; P Collins, G Cooney.

Subs: A Griffin for Downes (h/t); D Nagle for Lanigan (38-47, blood); I Ugweru for Coughlan (49); D Walsh for Sweeney (54); M McInerney for Cooney (61); D Keating for O’Connor (63