Footballers leave it late, hurlers no match for Dublin

January 04, 2018

Ben Brennan kicked four points for Meath against Carlow

Mixed fortunes for Meath last night in the O'Byrne Cup and the Walsh Cup. 

O'Byrne Cup

Meath 0-9 Carlow 0-7

Late points from the impressive Ben Brennan and Donal Lenihan gave Andy McEntee's charges a two point win over Carlow at Netwatch Cullen Park. Meath take on Wicklow on Sunday in Pairc Tailteann and a win will put them in to the semi final.

The visitors raced into a 0-3 to 0-0 lead but Carlow fought back and there was only a point in it at the break Meath 0-4 Carlow 0-3. 

Meath scorers: Ben Brennan 0-4, Donal Lenihan 0-3, Graham Reilly and Thomas O'Reilly 0-1 each 

Meath - A Colgan; D O'Neill, C McGill, S Gallagher; S Lavin, B Power, S McEntee; B Menton, A Flanagan; J McEntee, B Brennan (0-4, 1f), G Reilly (0-1); T O'Reilly (0-1), D Lenihan (0-3), R Garry. Subs: M Burke for S Gallagher, B Conlon for T O'Reilly, S Tobin for R Garry, M McCabe for A Flanagan, S Glynn for D O'Neill.

Carlow - C Kearney; L Roberts, S Redmond, C Lawlor; J Morrissey, D St Ledger (0-1'45), C Moran; D Moran, S Murphy; L Sheppard, D Foley (0-1), D O'Brien (0-2, 1f); C Crowley, D Walshe (0-3, 2f), J Murphy. Subs: K Nolan for J Murphy, R Molloy for C Kearney, J Clarke for S Murphy, B Kavanagh for J Morrissey, B Cawley for L Roberts, G Kelly for C Lawlor, J Murphy for D St Ledger (BC), L Walker for C Crowley.

Referee - S Mulhare.

Walsh Cup

Meath 0-14 Dublin 4-17

Nick Fitzgerald's charges were no match for a new look Dublin outfit. This was Pat Gilroys first competitive match in charge and his team led 2-11 to 0-7 at the break.

The Kiltale trio of Jack Regan, James Kelly and Anthony Forde accounted for 10 of the Royals 14 scores.

Meath scorers: Jack Regan 0-6, James Kelly 0-3, Anthony Forde, James Toher, Paddy Conneely and Neil Heffernan 0-1 each.

Dublin play Antrim in the final group game on Sunday in Parnell Park.

Dublin - A Nolan; P Smyth, B O'Carroll, C Hendricken; S Barrett, D Kelly, C Crummey; J McCaffrey, T Connolly; R McMahon (1-0), F Whitely (0-4), C Costello (0-1); A Moore (0-2), P Winters (0-9, 6f, 1'65), F O Riain Broin (2-1). Subs: C McBride (1-0) for R McMahon, S O Riain for J McCaffrey, D Gray for F Whitely.

Meath - S McGann; C Lynch, D Healy, S Brennan; D Kelly, J Regan (0-6, 5f), K Keoghan; A Forde (0-1), M O'Grady; J Kelly (0-3), J Keena, J Toher (0-1f); A Gannon, P Conneely (0-1), N Heffernan (0-1). Subs: P Kelly for S Brennan, S McGrath for M O'Grady, E Marsh (0-1) for A Forde, S O'Hanrahan for S Conneely.

Referee - D Hughes.

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