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Leinster SFC Replay
Monday, June 18
BANK OF IRELAND LEINSTER SFC
Dublin 0-16 Meath 0-12
Dublin booked their place in the Leinster SFC semi-final with a four-point win over arch foes Meath at a throbbing Croke Park.
Dublin manager Paul 'Pillar' Caffrey pulled off a masterstroke in choosing to bring Mark Vaughan into the reigning champions' side. The bleached-blonde Kilmacud Crokes man contributed a stunning eight points to the Dublin cause to claim the plaudits in the second pulsating clash between the two sides in a fortnight at GAA headquarters.
Vaughan took over the free-taking duties from Tomas 'Mossie' Quinn, but his virtuoso performance, which yielded six points from placed balls, and two from play, proved to be the spark Dublin needed after their attack failed to ignite in the drawn game two weeks ago.
Royal County boss Colm Coyle reshuffled his pack too, but his ace from the first game, Cian Ward, failed to deliver anything other than a first minute pointed free. Ward, the 19-year-old manchild with the golden touch was completely overshadowed by the brilliance of Vaughan.
Dublin now face Offaly in the semi-final while Meath face the ignominy of the All-Ireland qualifiers. Meath, however, will feel an injustice was done today as they trailed Dublin by a single point with six minutes remaining and looked to set up another nail-biting climax in a fixture that has seen a its fair share
DUBLIN: S Cluxton; D Henry (0-1), R McConnell, P Griffin, P Casey, B Cullen, B Cahill, C Whelan (0-1), S Ryan, C Moran (0-1), M Vaughan (0-8, 0-6f, 0-1 45), D Connolly, A Brogan (0-1), C Keaney (0-4, 2f), T Quinn.
Subs: J Sherlock for Quinn ' 54. B Brogan for Moran '72.
MEATH: B Murphy; E Harrington, D Fay, N McKeigue, S McGabhann, A Moyles (0-1), C King, M Ward, N Crawford (0-1), C Ward (0-1f), K Reilly, P Byrne, S Bray (0-4), J Sheridan, G Geraghty (0-2)
Subs: B Farrell (0-3) for Sheridan '35, P Curran for Ward '48. D Magee for Ryan '64. C McGuinnes for King '69. J Donegan for Byrne '72.
Referee: Pat McEnaney (Monaghan).