Friday 28 July 2017

Hurling round-up - Meath end 13 year wait for championship win

23 April 2017; Keith Keoghan and Padraig Kelly of Meath celebrate after the final whistle during the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Qualifier Group Round 1 match between Meath and Kerry at Pairc Tailteann, in Navan. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
23 April 2017; Keith Keoghan and Padraig Kelly of Meath celebrate after the final whistle during the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Qualifier Group Round 1 match between Meath and Kerry at Pairc Tailteann, in Navan. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick

Meath hurlers caused a big upset in the opening game of the round robin section of the Leinster hurling championship when a late goal from Cathal McCabe sealed a thrilling win over Kerry in Navan.

Meath were returning to the Leinster series after a 13 year gap having won the Christy Ring Cup last summer.

They led by nine points from 57 minutes but the visitors – who had played two tiers higher than them in the recent Allianz League – staged a late rally.

A Mikey Boyle goal revived Kerry's chances and but for the excellence of Meath goalkeeper Shane McGann, they could have scored another.

But McCabe's late strike ensured that Meath picked up the points on a 3-20 to 2-17 scoreline.

In the other game in the round robin series Laois, who played in Division 1B this season, eventually saw off the challenge of Westmeath (1-23; 2-17) in Portlaoise.

Though they led by eight points with eight minutes left, Laois had to scramble at the finish as the visitors scored two goals in injury time.

There are two rounds of games left in the series with the top two teams advancing to the quarter-finals of the Leinster championship.

In the first round of the Christy Ring Cup Wicklow beat London by a point (0-17; 0-16)

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