Red-hot Byrne puts Meath to sword
CIARAN Byrne fired Louth to a rare victory over their old Royal enemy at Haggardstown on Saturday.
The St Mochta's man kicked nine points -- eight from frees -- as Louth survived a second-half rally from Davy Dalton's men.
Byrne was a constant thorn in Meath's side, as Louth went in 0-9 to 0-6 ahead at half-time, but in the end, an audacious strike from full-forward John Horan proved just as crucial, as it opened a six-point lead for the hosts eight minutes into the second half.
Meath came storming back and, inspired by half-time sub Robert Farrelly -- who netted a well-worked goal at the end of the third quarter -- they drew level at 1-10 apiece with 10 minutes remaining.
But Louth dug deep in the closing stages to hold out for a richly deserved win.
SCORERS -- Louth: C Byrne 0-9 (8f), J Horan 1-0, R McCabe 0-2 (1f, 1 '45'), C Grimes, P Reilly, 0-1 each. Meath: C Smith 0-5 (3f), R Farrelly 1-2, N Shorthall 0-3, P Harnan 0-1.
LOUTH -- J Mulholland; N McCabe, D Campbell, R Brodigan; S McAuley, D Grimes, D McMahon; R McCabe, M Breen; C Grimes, P Reilly, C Smyth; K Ryan, J Horan, C Byrne. Subs: F Sheridan for D McMahon (39), J McConnon for P Reilly (47), M Kane for K Ryan (53), D McMahon for S McAuley (60).
MEATH -- R Burlington; A Forde, C McGill, C Finn; D Smyth, S McEntee, O Fitzpatrick; C Sheridan, A Flanagan; N Shorthall, C Smith, P Harnan; B O'Brien, C O'Sullivan, W McGrath. Subs: C Brogan for A Flanagan (19), R Farrelly for C O'Sullivan (h-t), O Sheridan for C Smyth (50), R Cleary for N Shorthall (60).
REF -- B Hickey (Kildare).