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Last-four spot in prospect for Rathkenny

Meath All-County 'A' Football League, Div 2: Rathkenny 0-16 St Patrick's 0-9

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Rathkenny all but assured themselves a Football A League Division 2 semi-final spot following a second successive victory in Group B at Stamullen last Wednesday evening (22nd). (stock photo)

Rathkenny all but assured themselves a Football A League Division 2 semi-final spot following a second successive victory in Group B at Stamullen last Wednesday evening (22nd). (stock photo)

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Rathkenny all but assured themselves a Football A League Division 2 semi-final spot following a second successive victory in Group B at Stamullen last Wednesday evening (22nd). (stock photo)

Rathkenny all but assured themselves a Football A League Division 2 semi-final spot following a second successive victory in Group B at Stamullen last Wednesday evening (22nd).

Dudley Farrell's side are their only team with a 100% record in their group ahead of their final game against Carnaross.

They were always in control of this one in what was a clash of two teams that lost their senior status at the end of last year. After building up a 0-7 to 0-3 lead at the end of the first quarter Rathkenny enjoyed a 0-12 to 0-4 advantage at the break.

Midfielder Alan Vickers registered all three points for the hosts in that opening 15 minutes, while Keith Curtis (three), Caolach Halligan (two), Keith Timmons and Will Gore were on target for Rathkenny.

Halligan, Curtis and Gore added further to the visitors' tally in the first half.

St Patrick's never threatened a revival in the second half and they were always struggling for scores against a Rathkenny defence well marshalled by Donal Keogan.

The third quarter was dour enough, with the teams only managing three points between them, Curtis and Gore notching the Rathkenny points.

The home side enjoyed their best spell in the final quarter, but the destination of the points had already been decided at that stage.

A vast improvement will be needed if the Stamullen men are to make an impact in the forthcoming Intermediate Championship.

RATHKENNY: Colin Curtis; Cillian McKenna, James O'Hare, Mark Byrne; Niall Brannigan, Donal Keogan, Stephen Crosbie; Brian Meade, Robbie Garry; Keith Timmons 0-1, Caolach Halligan 0-4, Darragh Timmons; Michael Dineen, Keith Curtis 0-6, Will Gore 0-3. Subs: Jeaic Timmons 0-1 for Halligan, Ross Gore for Brannigan, Thomas McGuinness 0-1 for Crosbie, James Macken for Meade, Jamie O'Halloran for D Timmons, David Donegan for Byrne, Donal Curtis for McKenna, Daithi Downey for Gore, Joseph Downey for O'Hare, Michael Macken for Dineen.

ST PATRICK'S: Philip O'Brien; David Stafford, Martin McKenna, Adam Byrne; Shane Byrne, Ciaran Lynch, David McQuillan; Alan Vickers 0-4 (3f), Shane Dowling; Liam Brennan, Padraig Nulty, John Curtis; Neil O'Flaherty 0-3, Niall Mooney, Donal Landy. Subs: Niall Whearty 0-2 for Landy, Michael Hagan for McKenna, Peadar Tallon for Curtis, Tommy Reilly for S Byrne, Matthew Lenehan for McQuillan.

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