Friday 19 January 2018

Game at a glance

Shane McAnarney (Meath): Both sides' full-backs were outstanding, but the Meath centre-back's consistency and doggedness right to the final whistle provided them with enough leadership to crawl over the line.

Turning point

Cian Ward missed a 20-metre free after 50 minutes which gave Galway a huge lift, but Brendan Murphy's block in the final seconds saved Meath.

Talking point

How the hell could a Meath side that created so many chances fail to put them away and, after the restart, go a full half-hour without scoring?

Ref watch

Cork official Michael Collins was not stretched at all in a game pickled with loose marking, but he was sharp and decisive throughout.

What they said

Seamus McEnaney (Meath ):

"We mixed the best football we played all year with the worst football we played all year, but we just wanted to be still in the draw and we're in it. A point down going into injury-time and we dug out a result."

Tomas O Flatharta (Galway)

"They fought to the very end and I was very pleased with the way we kept them to one point in normal time in the second half, but it was a terribly disappointing way to lose."

Match statistics

Wides: Meath 14 (9); Galway 10 (4)

Frees: Meath 21 (11); Galway 28 (14)

Yellow cards: Meath: 3 (K Reilly 43, S Bray 52, Meade 58): Galway 2 (Bane 46, M Clancy 69). Red cards: 0

Attendance: 17,000 (estimate)

What next?

Meath are at home to Kildare this Saturday. Galway are out.

Irish Independent

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