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Meath title wait finally at an end

PUBLISHED: 17:29 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:10 05 October 2010

By PHIL RAVITZ MEATH United were able to celebrate a first Division One title in 30 seasons in the league after putting four past second-placed Beaumont International last weekend. The victory means that Meath will almost certainly go through this year s

By PHIL RAVITZ

MEATH United were able to celebrate a first Division One title in 30 seasons in the league after putting four past second-placed Beaumont International last weekend.

The victory means that Meath will almost certainly go through this year's campaign unbeaten, having won 12 of their 14 league fixtures. They have two games left.

Barely two minutes had elapsed when Danny Bradshaw fired Meath ahead and that settled any anxieties as they romped to the title.

With 15 minutes gone top-scorer Johnny Quinn fired in the first of his two goals and within three minutes it was 3-0 when defender Jon Wharnby came forward to power home a header from a corner.

Meath never let their stranglehold on the game slip and made it four in the second half when they won a penalty and Quinn put his second away from the spot.

The clash between Inter Lucia and Rolls Park produced eight goals with Inter Lucia coming out on top 5-3.

The meeting between third-placed Prospect and Crownfield ended with honours even in a 1-1 draw, while bottom side Reama had a rare chance to celebrate. They beat Hackney Downs B 2-1 to record only their second win of the season.

Arbour Athletic kept their grip on Division Two with a crushing win over Byron Athletic. Top scorer John Gilroy got a hat-trick in a 6-0 triumph for the division leaders with one apiece from Ovidiv Copcioe, Rory Tandy and Marcus Wheeler.

SK Veleciku remain their nearest championship rivals and they rammed eight past Leyton United, conceding just two in reply. They trail Arbour by eight points, but have four games in hand.

East Moore overcame Clapton Rangers 2-1 thanks to a brace from Isiah Green.

Clapton took the lead when they cashed in on poor defending by East Moore after half an hour, but Green notched his first, converting a fine Vasyl Spoylkuyk cross.

Good vision from midfielder Matt Wheeler put Green in for his 21st goal of the campaign to seal East Moore's heroic fightback.

Newham Rangers stayed well clear at the top of Division Three following a 6-2 success over mid-table Shoreditch Youth, while this division also saw the biggest win of the day as William Fitt Tigers recorded a magnificent 11-0 defeat of Anadolu.

Stratford Juniors came out on top in both clashes in a double header with New North Rangers.

Stratford won the first encounter 2-0 and then really found their goalscoring form in a 7-2 success in the second of the two matches.

Juva B have dropped out of the league. Having played 70 per cent of their matches this season, all remaining games have been awarded to the opposition.

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