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Meath gain revenge for humiliation

PUBLISHED: 17:45 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 14:06 05 October 2010

Meath United remain on course for a repeat Premier Division triumph after the reigning champions avenged a humiliating defeat by Hackney Downs

Meath United remain on course for a repeat Premier Division triumph after the reigning champions avenged a humiliating defeat by Hackney Downs on Sunday.

Meath were on the receiving end of a double-digit blitz in December when a makeshift side with no recognised goalkeeper was humbled in a 10-2 rout by the Hackney outfit.

But Meath were at full strength for this meeting and took an early lead when Tommy Roast fired them in front in 25 minutes.

Hackney briefly threatened to deliver another blow to Meath's title hopes when they levelled within seconds of the restart, but Danny Bradshaw struck six minutes from time to keep his side's challenge on track.

The Bethnal Green club have three games in hand and remain seven points behind leaders Inter Lucia, who received a walkover win against Athletico Hackney.

In Division One, Arbour Athletic's promotion bid continues to falter after the Stepney outfit dropped two more vital points in a 1-1 draw with Hackney Downs B and failed to close the gap on leaders East Moore, who were without a fixture.

EFY were emphatic winners in Division Two following a 4-0 thrashing of East End United, although struggling United showed signs of improvement in their battling performance.

William Fitt Tigers regained top spot in Division Three after a 3-3 draw with Stratford Juniors, yet Hoxton's New North Rangers remain level on points with a game in hand.

Besiktas continue to look dangerous in third place following a 4-0 smashing of William Fitt Lions, while Acorn recorded a 5-0 victory over Concordia Under-18s.

This season's Jubilee Cup final will feature a club from outside the top flight for the first time in many years after Millwall Albion and Springfield both progressed to the semi-finals.

The Division Two rivals have now been drawn to face each other in the last four of the competition, ensuring that one club from the league's third tier will contest the final.

Millwall edged through the quarter-finals after outlasting Division Two leaders Adriatiku 4-3, while Springfield (pictured) recorded a 3-1 win over Concordia.

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