Tuesday 12 December 2017

the game at a glance

Man of the match

Bernard Brogan (Dublin)

Scored 1-7, 1-3 from play, in what was another excellent performance by Dublin's top finisher. His last point, kicked after Meath had pared the lead back to a goal in the 68th minute, was the personification of coolness under pressure.

Turning point

Dublin's two goals in stoppage-time of the first half. They left Meath trailing by eight points at half-time, which was a dismal return for their industry.

Talking point

Eoghan O'Gara's point, which was waved wide in the second half. The umpire's error was overruled and the point was awarded, but once again it highlighted a problem which continues to crop up in both football and hurling.

Magic moment

It didn't yield a goal but a Dublin move in the 45th minute deserved one. A sweeping upfield move played Michael Darragh Macauley in on goal but his effort cannoned back off the upright. The build-up was a classic example of Dublin at their enterprising best.

Ref watch

Marty Duffy did a good job but it was a relatively easy game to referee. Luckily for him, a linesman intervened when the O'Gara point was waved wide.

What they said

Pat Gilroy (Dublin manager):

"We pushed on fairly well at the start of the second half; we made a lot of changes, and that disrupted our rhythm a bit. But lads were out on their feet, physios were coming back saying these guys had to be changed.

Seamus McEnaney (Meath manager):

"There's serious spirit in that dressing-room, there's character in it and we are going to fight. I can tell you one thing -- we are going to fight tooth and nail to get back here in two weeks' time."

Match statistics

Wides: Dublin 11 (4 1st half); Meath 12 (5)

Frees: Dublin 15 (11); Meath 24 (12)

Yellow cards: Dublin 5 (E O'Gara 45, R O'Carroll 54, D Bastick 63, P McMahon 71, B Cahill 72); Meath 1 (B Meade 32)

Attendance: 69,656.

What next?

Dublin are into the All-Ireland quarter-finals on first weekend in August. Meath play Laois in a Round 4 qualifier next weekend.

Irish Independent

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