Sunday 21 July 2019

Royals' U-20s feeling Down

John Kerins Cup: Down 2-12 Meath 1-3

Meath produced something of a horror showing in this home tie in the Under-20 Development League competition for the Leo Murphy Cup at Pairc Tailteann last Tuesday evening.

The scoreline reflected the large gulf between the two sides, with full forward Conor Frayne ending up as the only Meath player to get on the scoreboard.

Frayne opened the scoring from a free on eight minutes and then added a goal on 11 minutes to leave the hosts leading 1-1 to 1-0.

However by the time the Summerhill clubman added his second point, which also came from a free, a minute before half-time Down had assumed control of proceedings.

The Mourne men, who are managed by All-Ireland winner Conor Deegan, went on to lead 2-7 to 1-2 at the break.

Frayne completed the Meath scoring from another free on 37 minutes, although they were minus several players that will likely make the line-up when they play either Carlow or Offaly in the Leinster Championship on July 2nd.

Down opened their scoring with a goal from wing back John McGeough who raced through unchallenged on 10 minutes.

Their second goal arrived from Aaron Devlin after keeper Sean Brennan let a delivery from Seamus Loughran slip from his grasp in the wet conditions.

However, Brennan did come to his side's rescue, making a fine block to deny McGeough a second goal on 27 minutes.

Meath did create a number of goal chances in the second period, but Frayne and Jordan Morris were both wide of the mark with efforts, while the unfortunate Connell Ahearne was denied by the woodwork.

MEATH: Sean Brennan; Harry O'Higgins, James O'Hare; Shane Gibney, Eoin Harkin, Oisin Martyn; Cian Swaine, Daithi McGowan; Connell Ahearne, Jordan Morris, John Keane; Daragh Nolan, Conor Frayne 1-3 (3f), Saran O Fionnagain. Subs: Conor Farrelly for Gibney (h-t), Luke Kelly for Nolan (41), Adam Kelly for Frayne, Niall Smullen for McGowan (both 59), McGowan for Keane (BC 60).

Drogheda Independent