Saturday 18 November 2017

Game At A Glance

Man of the Match

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Stephen Bray (Meath)

Was a constant outlet for Meath in a full-forward line that didn't operate at top capacity. Chipped in with two points from play, and his importance to Mick O'Dowd's side can't be underestimated.

TURNING POINT

Just after the hour mark, Ciaran Lyng got a sight of goal and his shot was turned over the bar by Paddy O'Rourke when a goal would have given the Model men the lead and the initiative. That was to be Wexford's last real chance of going ahead as Meath outscored them by five points to one in the remaining minutes as the Model County challenge petered out.

TALKING POINT

Meath's gradual improvement continues. After beating a Division 3 (Wicklow) and a Division 2 (Wexford) side, can they cope with top-tier opposition in the Leinster final?

MAGIC MOMENT

With Meath ahead by a point and 15 minutes remaining, Wexford came hunting for a goal and they looked to have a clear sight on Paddy O'Rourke before a diving intervention from Seamus Kenny, which proved to be crucial in securing Meath's victory.

REF WATCH

A relatively easy day out for Maurice Deegan in a game that was far more open than many we have seen this summer. However, the Laois official had another good outing to show why he's one of the best around.

WHAT THEY SAID

Seamus Kenny (Meath captain):

"We are taking things very lightly at the moment. We have such an inexperienced panel. In the first game against Wicklow we weren't sure where we were and we got a decent result, and it was the same again there."

Aidan O'Brien (Wexford manager):

"We took a lot of bad options throughout that second half and there were a few into the 'keeper's hands, there were a few wild shots, there were a few instances where we just gave very poor quality ball to our front men."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides:

Meath 8 (5)

Wexford 9 (7)

Frees:

Meath 19 (5)

Wexford 18 (9)

Yellow cards:

Meath 2 (S Kenny 47, C Lenihan 50)

Wexford 4 (D Murphy 42, PJ Banville 50, C Lyng 56, J Holmes 66)

Red cards:

Meath 0

Wexford 0

WHAT'S NEXT?

Meath play reigning champions Dublin in the Leinster final on Sunday week; Wexford go into the qualifier draw.

Irish Independent

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