Tuesday 16 January 2018

McEntee on the mark as Royals steamroll Carlow

Meath 1-17 Carlow 1-3
Leinster MFC Losers group

MEATH minor footballers will have learned precious little about their potential following this 14-point victory over a poor Carlow side in this knock-out championship tie involving first-round losers at Dr Cullen Park last night.

A total of 10 Meath players shared in the scoring -- including all six starting forwards -- as the Royal County controlled the game much as they pleased.

Carlow, seven-point losers to Laois first time out, were unable to match their opponents in terms of fielding, finding a colleague with the ball or scoring.

The visitors went ahead through a point from play by left full-forward William McGrath in the third minute, and had 0-6 on the board before Darragh O'Brien blazed over the bar for Carlow on 21 minutes when a goal beckoned.

By half-time, Meath led 0-7 to 0-3 and had extended their advantage to eight points before Carlow were awarded a 43rd-minute penalty, which Darragh O'Brien cracked low to the Meath net.

But that score failed to spark a home comeback. Instead, Meath took absolute control and midfielder Shane McEntee's 48th-minute goal put his side 1-13 to 1-3 ahead, with four further unanswered points being added by Meath before the end.

Meath previously lost their opening round tie with Louth by two points.

Scorers -- Meath: B McMahon 0-5 (2f), W McGrath, N Shortall (1f) 0-3 each, S McEntee 1-0, A Forde, B O'Brien, C O'Sullivan, R Farrelly, B Dardis, C Finn 0-1 each. Carlow: D O'Brien 1-1 (1-0 pen), C Lawlor (1f), R Jeffers 0-1 each.

Meath -- R Burlington; A Forde, C McGill, O Fitzpatrick; C Finn, S Melia, D Smyth; P Harnan, S Entee; N Shortall, B O'Brien, C O'Sullivan; B McMahon, R Farrell, W McGrath. Subs: B McConnon for Smyth (h/t); B Dardis for Farrelly (40); S Mattimoe for O'Sullivan (53); F McEntee for McMahon (53); C Brogan for Harnan (58).

CarloW -- M Hennessy; T Kenny, M Doyle, P Manning; R Jeffers, M Furey, G Power; M Fitzgerald, S Murphy; P Farrell, D O'Brien, B Nolan; C Lawlor, R Smithers, C O'Toole. Subs: D Hickey for Kenny (27); J Lowry for O'Toole (43); R O'Brien for Jeffers (44); T Eustace for Nolan (51); E Maddock for Lawlor (56).

REF -- F Smith (Offaly).

Irish Independent

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