Supersub Regan wins it for Kiltale
Kiltale 0-17 Killyon 1-13
Kiltale completed a three-in-a-row of Meath hurling titles when they held off a strong challenge from underdogs Killyon in a thrilling final at Páirc Tailteann.
Talisman Jack Regan, who was unable to start because of a thigh injury, was introduced in the 56th minute and hit what proved to be the winning score from a 40-metre free deep into added time.
The champions led 0-4 to 0-2 after nine minutes but the sides were level four times after that before Adam Gannon struck for the opening goal on 22 minutes.
That left the score 1-7 to 0-7 and the underdogs eventually led 1-8 to 0-10 at the break.
The closeness of the exchanges continued throughout the second half with the sides level on four further occasions.
Anthony Forde edged Kiltale ahead again on 56 minutes and they doubled that advantage following Regan’s free.
Killyon’s Keith Keoghan, who finished with eight points and was awarded the man-of-the-match accolade, was off target from a free with his side a point in arrears. Then full-forward Gannon spurned another opportunity of a levelling score when going for goal with a point there for the taking.
Substitute JJ Gilsenan eventually left the minimum between the sides but Kiltale held on to lift a fourth title in five years.
SCORERS – Kiltale: P Durnin 0-6 (5f), Ross Ryan 0-4, J Kelly, C McCabe 0-2 each, F McCabe, A Forde, J Regan (f) 0-1 each. Killyon: K Keoghan 0-8 (5f), A Gannon 1-2, C Ryan, D Raleigh, JJ Gilsenan 0-1 each.
KILTALE – S McGann; A Donnelly, D Donoghue, C Ennis; S Donoghue, Ronan Ryan, P Kelly; I Hughes, A Forde; M O’Sullivan, C McCabe, J Kelly; P Durnin, F McCabe, Ross Ryan. Subs: E Ryan for Hughes (h-t), K Ryan for F McCabe (46), J Regan for Durnin (55), P Donoghue for Ennis (60).
KILLYON – S Quinn; A Feeney, B Perry, B Quinn; A Flanagan, R McKeown, T Raleigh; K Keoghan, C Keegan; C Ryan, R Massey, K Canavan; S Kelly, A Gannon, D Raleigh. Subs: G Foley for Canavan (44), C Dunne for Feeney (50), JJ Gilsenan for Perry (55), A Farrell for Keegan (58).
Ref – M Quinn (Clann Na nGael)