Tuesday 21 November 2017

Chris Sallier ends Royal resistance

DUBLIN 0-15 MEATH 0-12 Leinster MFC

Declan Monahan, Dublin, in action against David McLoughlin, Meath. Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Meath, Parnell Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Declan Monahan, Dublin, in action against David McLoughlin, Meath. Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Meath, Parnell Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Johnny Lynch, Meath, in action against Con O'Callaghan, Dublin. Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Meath, Parnell Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Aaron Byrne, Dublin, in action against Padraig McGowan, Meath. Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Meath, Parnell Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE

DUBLIN progressed to the semi-finals with a nervy win over a gutsy Meath in Parnell Park.

Meath opened the scoring through lively forward Daire Rowe in the first minute.

The Dubs replied within two minutes through midfielder Eoghan McHugh, before the visitors regained the lead in the eighth minute through wing-back Jordan McLoughlin.

Dublin replied through Jack Burke and Con O'Callaghan but Meath pulled clear to a 0-6 to 0-4 lead by the 22nd minute, with points from Rowe and Dylan Brady.

Three successive scores by Anthony Foley, Burke and Conor Kavanagh put the Dubs ahead at the interval.

The contest remained tight upon the restart, with the Dubs largely dependent on frees by Kavanagh. However, Meath got back to within two points with scores by Padraig McGowan and Rowe.

Dublin, however, tightened up at the back, and Chris Sallier kicked an insurance point with three minutes left.

SCORERS – Dublin: C Kavanagh 0-6 (6fs), J Burke 0-3, C O'Callaghan, A Foley 0-2, E McHugh, C Sallier 0-1 each. Meath: D Rowe 0-6 (4fs), D Brady 0-2, J McLoughlin, R Jones (f), D Heaney (f), P McGowan 0-1 each.

DUBLIN - E Whelan; C Murphy, J Mullins, D Monahan; A McGowan, S Clayton, G O'Reilly; A Foley, E McHugh; C Basquel, C Kavanagh, J Burke; B Howard, C O'Callaghan, R McBride. Subs: A Fee for Mullins (26), A Byrne for Basquel (h-t), W Egan for Howard (36), E Murchan for Clayton (37, BC), C Sallier for McBride (45), A Elliott for Burke (57).

MEATH - J Lynch; R McDonagh, C Bird, D Ormsby; J McLoughlin, B Harnan, R Ryan; K Dixon, R Jones; S Comiskey, D Heaney, D Brady; J Cullen, D Rowe, D McLoughlin. Subs: G McGowan for Bird (h-t), P McGowan for D McLoughlin (43), J O'Connor for McDonagh (51).

REF – P Maguire (Longford)

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