Sunday 11 December 2016

Boland steps up to plate for Mayo

Mayo 0-19 Meath 2-9

Published 22/02/2016 | 02:30

Mayo's Shane Boland. Photo: Sportsfile
Mayo's Shane Boland. Photo: Sportsfile

Mayo continued their fine start to the campaign, upsetting the odds in Trim.

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The visitors decided to rest dual star Keith Higgins ahead of the footballers' visit to Donegal next Sunday. He was replaced by Shane Boland, who scored three points.

Kenny Feeney top-scored for Mayo with seven points, including five from frees.

Mayo were full value for their 0-13 to 1-3 interval lead.

Feeney opened the scoring before Meath struck for a goal from Sean Quigley.

The sides were level at 0-5 to 1-2 after 14 minutes but Meath then went 17 minutes without a score as the Connacht men took points.

A disappointing Meath rang the changes at half-time and scored the opening three points of the second half.

However Mayo defended superbly in that second half with Gerard McManus outstanding.

Boland shot two points while Feeney (free) and Corey Scahill were on the mark too.

In the 70th minute Keith Keoghan struck a consolation goal for Meath.

SCORERS - Mayo: K Feeney 0-7 (5fs), J McManus, S Boland 0-3 each, C Freeman, S Regan 0-2 each, G Nolan, C Scahill 0-1 each. Meath: K Keoghan, S Quigley 1-1 each, J Regan 0-2fs, S Geraghty, J Keena (f), A Gannon, J Toher, T Clarke 0-1 each.

MAYO - D O'Brien 7; B Hunt 7, P Connell 7, A Brennan 7; A Lyons 7, G McManus 9, C Freeman 7; E Collins 7, C Charlton 7; J McManus 8, S Boland 8, G Nolan 7; K Feeney 8, S Regan 6, C Scahill 6. Subs: S Mulroy 7 for Regan (h-t), K Kiely 6 for Lyons (65), J Cotter for Nolan (68), N Casey for Collins (70).

MEATH - S McGann 7; S Whitty 7, D Donoghue 7, S Morris 7; J Regan 6, R Sherlock 6, S Heavey 7; S Geraghty 6, M O'Grady 6; D Healy 6, J Keena 6, K Keoghan 7; S Quigley 6, N Heffernan 6, A Gannon 6. Subs: T Clarke 6 for O'Grady (31), J Toher 7 for Geraghty, C Fitzsimons 6 for Heffernan, N O'Riordan 6 for Quigley (all h-t).

REF - R McGann (Clare)

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