Thursday 13 December 2018

Farrell fumes at lack of support as Dubs bash Meath

Dublin 4-16 Meath 2-10

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Meath U-20 manager Brian Farrell had some hard-hitting words for the powers that be as he called for greater resources to be pumped into underage football in the county, after the Royals suffered a humiliating 12-point defeat at the hands of Dublin at Páirc Tailteann on Saturday.

The former senior inter-county star, who was appointed to the U-20 role at the start of the year, said: "You ask for something and you are told no, you are told no the whole time. We just seem to be asking and asking and the answer is always no.

"There is not a support network in place at the moment for those lads.

"There is a myth there that resources are being pumped in, but I think they can be much better. It is like a business model - you have to look down the ladder and invest good people into it and you'll see rewards at the end of the day.

"There are lots of really good coaches around the county. They have to be brought in and nurtured to bring these lads forward."

Farrell revealed that between 10 and 15 players who were asked to join the U-20 set-up at the start of the campaign had declined for various reasons.

The Dubs made their intentions known from the opening whistle as James Madden cut through the Meath defence to set up James Doran for a goal inside 20 seconds.

The impressive Doran repeated the feat at the start of the second-half, leaving Meath with an almost impossible task on their hands.

The equally influential Tom Keane hit four points as the Dubs raced into a 1-7 to 0-2 lead by the end of the opening quarter.

Meath struggled to keep pace, but their hopes received a boost when Frank O'Reilly netted from the penalty spot in first-half added time to leave three points between the teams at the break, with Dublin ahead 1-8 to 1-5.

The Royals kept their opponents waiting in the sweltering heat at the start of the second-half, but it made no difference as the Dubs added a goal and two points within 90 seconds of the restart through Ross McGarry and Cormac Howley.

Ethan Devine had the ball in the Dublin net on 46 minutes, but the referee ruled the goal out for a square infringement. Then, in the space of a minute, Dublin were out of sight following a brace of quick-fire goals.

Ross McGarry drilled the first one through a crowded goalmouth after Dan O'Brien's effort came off the crossbar and Karl Lynch Bissett hit goal number four.

Scorers - Dublin: T Keane 0-7 (2f), J Doran 2-1, R McGarry 1-4 (1f), K Lynch Bissett 1-0, S Bugler 0-2, C Howley, D O'Brien 0-1

Meath: J Morris 1-4 (3f), F O'Reilly 1-2 (1-0 pen, 1f), E Devine, J Conlon, S Walsh, A Kealy 0-1

Dublin - D O'Hanlon; N Nolan, N Doran, C Smith; K Kennedy, N Matthews, E O'Dea; D Ryan, S Bugler; J Madden, J Doran, C Howley; R McGarry; D O'Brien, T Keane Subs: S King for Kennedy (BC 20), G McNamara for Nolan (44), K Lynch Bissett for Howley (48), J Holland for Doran (52), E Fitzpatrick for Ryan, C Hynes for Keane (both 56)

Meath - A Beakey; R Clarke, C Harnan, K Slavin; E Smyth, E O'Kelly Lynch, J Cassidy; D Campion, A Murphy; J Scully, E Devine, F O'Reilly; J Conlon, S Reilly, J Morris Subs: S Walsh for Reilly (h-t), S Ryan for Cassidy (37), A Kealy for O'Reilly (54), S McDonnell for Slavin, B McGowan for Devine (both 56), B O'Reilly for Smyth (59)

Ref - B Cawley (Kildare)

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