Football League Division 3: Monaghan 1-18 2-03 Meath
Monaghan earned a surprisingly facile opening Division 3 Football League win as they brushed aside a woeful Meath.
Jamie Queeney's 11th-minute goal helped Meath lead 1-0 to 0-1 but Monaghan hit six of the remaining seven first-half scores to lead 0-7 to 1-2 at Clones.
A rampant Monaghan hit 1-10 without reply after the break with Darren Hughes slamming in a superb goal.
Sean Tobin's 68th-minute point was Meath's first score of the second half before Conor Gillespie hit a late goal.
The match was billed as a meeting of likely promotion candidates but while Monaghan, under new manager Malachy O'Rourke, matched that status, Meath delivered a dreadful display.
After Conor McManus's opening point, Monaghan almost notched a goal with Kieran Hughes seeing his fierce shot blocked and Paul Finlay's follow-up hitting the woodwork.
Queeney's goal put Meath two points ahead but Gavin Dougan, Kieran Hughes and McManus pointed to nudge Monaghan ahead.
Dessie Mone, Dick Clerkin and Kieran Hughes hit further Monaghan scores but they should have been further ahead at the break than 0-7 to 1-2 after missing several other good chances.
Owen Lennon's added to his fine midfield display by getting on the score-sheet after the resumption and Hughes hammered in his goal in the 47th minute after a couple of exchanges of passes with Neil McAdam.
McManus brought up his afternoon tally to eight in the closing stages before Meath finally ended their scoring drought in injury-time.
Football League results
Saturday, 2 February
Kildare 2-14 1-13 Donegal
Down 1-08 1-11 Tyrone
Dublin 1-18 2-09 Cork
Laois 0-20 1-10 Armagh
Sunday, 3 February
Mayo 0-15 1-06 Kerry
Galway 1-15 0-15 Derry
Westmeath 0-16 2-09 Louth
Wexford 2-08 1-10 Longford
Antrim 1-14 2-09 Cavan
Monaghan 1-18 2-03 Meath
Wicklow 0-09 1-16 Fermanagh
Roscommon 1-11 1-08 Sligo
Tipperary 0-16 1-14 Carlow
Limerick 0-11 0-09 Leitrim
Clare 0-11 1-09 Waterford
London 1-05 1-13 Offaly