Quigley leads way as Royals edge out Roscommon
Meath 2-16 Roscommon 1-16
Unbeaten Meath maintained their impressive spring form by chalking up their fourth successive victory of the League campaign in this re-arranged encounter at Ashbourne last night.
Sean Quigley top-scored for the winners with nine points while Neil Heffernan struck for two first-half goals.
The Royals had already booked their passage to the decider following the win over Mayo at the weekend and they made a number of changes for this encounter.
Roscommon were seeking their first win of the campaign and they produced a spirited display, although they never held the lead at any stage.
Heffernan struck for the opening goal after taking a pass from David Reilly on 19 minutes.
The corner-forward repeated the act six minutes later and Meath eventually led 2-10 to 0-7 at the break.
A goal from the lively Cathal Kenny brought Roscommon back into contention and they reduced the deficit to the minimum in the closing stages.
However, Meath finished strongly with points from Quigley and Kevin Keena to seal the win as Roscommon had Peter Kellehan sent off in the closing stages.
SCORERS - Meath: S Quigley 0-9 (7fs), N Heffernan 2-1, G McGowan, K Keena 0-2 each, M O'Sullivan, D Reilly 0-1 each.
Roscommon: E Flanagan (3fs,1 '65'), J Coyne (1f) 0-4 each, C Kenny 1-1, G Fallon 0-3, C Dolan 0-2, D Loughnane, E Costello 0-1 each.
MEATH - S McGann 7; L Ferguson 7, S Whitty 7, C Reilly 7; P Kelly 6, K Keoghan 7, D Reilly 7; M O'Grady 7, S Quigley 9; M O'Sullivan 7, C McCabe 6, J Walsh 6; L Martyn 6, G McGowan 6, N Heffernan 7. Subs: D Kelly 6 for P Kelly (h-t), S Brennan 6 for Walsh (h-t), P Farrell 5 for McGowan (45), K Keena 6 for Martyn (49), D Healy 6 for McCabe (58.
ROSCOMMON - J Fallon 6; A Moore 6, P Kellehan 7, D Loughnane 6; P Kelly 7, M Byrne, J Kilkenny 6; S Curley 7, E Flanagan 7; C Dolan 6, J Coyne, N Connaughton 7; C Kenny 8, G Fallon 7, E Costello 7. Sub: D Dowd 6 for Fallon (h-t).
REF - R McGann (Clare)