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UCFL suffer against Meath once again

Three years ago the UCFL lost 6-2 to Meath in the first game for manager Eoin Bennis in the Oscar Traynor Trophy and unfortunately for the UCFL history repeated itself in Navan on Sunday afternoon with Bennis' team on the end of a four-goal defeat once again.

In truth, the UCFL simply never got going and were second best in too many areas around the pitch with their mistakes been punished severely in the 5-1 defeat.

All is not lost however as a win for Meath against the LFL this Thursday evening will see the UCFL guaranteed 2nd place in the group and progression into the last-16.

But on Sunday, the Dublin based league under-performed meaning the player ratings were never going to reach the standards that they did after the win against the LFL.

Mark Lynam: The UCFL 'keepermade some good saves early on to keep Meath at bay and while probably disappointed with one of the Meath goals, he could do little about the others. 6.

Niall Butler: Was under pressure going back towards his own goal for much of the game but was always looking to get on the ball but more often than not had very little options when he got on it. 6.

Robbie O'Neill: A disappointing day for the full-back who similar to Butler was forced back for the majority of his time on the pitch. Was unfortunately at fault for Meath's 3rd goal. Subbed at half time. 5.

Sco Ratzsch: Got the only goal of the game for the UCFL with a fine header late in the second half and made some good challenges at times but also looked a little nervy and shaky at times. 7.

Ger Barry: Solid display from the captain but couldn't influence the game like he did against the LFL in October. Almost scored late on but he'll be bitterly disappointed with his teams performance. 6.

Liam Byrne: Was in a midfield totally overrun in the first half although he continually was looking to get on the ball. Much better in the second period and began to get forward a little more. Unlucky on a couple of occasions not to create some goal chances. 6.

Matheus Alves: Was a marked man from the off but he never got going at all and never threatened the Meath defence. Taken off at half time. 5.

Adrian Eustace: Was under severe pressure from the Meath midfield through out and rarely influenced things going forward. Like Byrne, improved a little at the start of the second half. 6.

Derek Treston: Failed to get into the game and hold the ball up when needed but also didn't get great service up to him. Missed a great chance in the second half when three-nil down. 6.

Declan Murtagh: The best player on the park for the UCFL. Looked lively all game and was unfortunate not to score himself and create more for others. 8.

David Hempenstall: Threatened a little out on the left wing in the first half but overall probably failed to make the most of the times he got at their full-back. Moved to left back in the second half. 6.

Jamie Doyle: Did very well after coming on at half-time. Brought a lot of energy and threat down the left wing. 7.

Anto Francis: Almost got himself a goal after been introduced at half time and like Doyle, brought better energy to the game. 7.

Kevin Foley: Very little time to get into the game after coming on as a late sub. 6.


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