SFC: Oldcastle finish with a win against Rathkenny
September 08, 2012
Oldcastle came away with the points in this final round Hoganstand.com Meath Senior Championship Group C game played in Kilmainhamwood last Friday evening September 7th
Oldcastle opened the scoring with a third minute free before sixty seconds later, Donal Curtis sent a great pass to full forward John Donegan who turned and expertly finished to the net. Oldcastle took over the scoring honours over the next fifteen minutes with three points from frees. Rathkenny levelled matters from the boot of James Macken, before Brian Meade put Rathkenny back in front with nine minutes left in the half. Oldcastle hit what proved to be the match winning purple patch when hitting 1-06 without reply in the closing eight minutes of the half. The goal came on twenty five minutes after a well worked passing move leaving it 1-06 to 1-02. Four added points left it 1-10 to 1-02 at the break.
Two quick second half points left Oldcastle ten points in front and it looked like game over. However Rathkenny never gave up battling and Jack Gore reduced the gap six minutes into the second half. Two points from Brian Meade narrowed the deficit to seven. Oldcastle were then reduced to fourteen after a second yellow card offence. Christopher Meade sent over a great score and Brian Meade added his fourth of the night to leave five between the sides with ten minutes remaining. Donal Curtis sent over another great score to make it a very interesting last few minutes. Full back Tommy McKeever found himself in the opposing square after another great move and was upended for a penalty. After a lengthy delay, Brian Meade took the spot kick but dragged it just the wrong side of the post with the keeper going the wrong way. Rathkenny kicked further wides as Oldcastle now down to thirteen players sent over the insurance point in the six minutes of injury time played.
Rathkenny - J. Martin; M. Macken, T. McKeever, Joe Gore; I. Lenehan, D. Keogan, C. Meade (0-1); B. Meade (0-4), J. Macken (0-1); D. Curtis (0-1), M. McBride, Jack Gore (0-1); C. Curtis, J. Donegan (1-0), S. McCabe Subs R. Gore for M. Macken, D. Barron for McCabe, R. Timmons for McBride.
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