Wednesday 17 January 2018

McKeon goal puts paid to Meath rally

Leinster JFC

Paul McKeon in action for Longford
Paul McKeon in action for Longford

Longford withstood an impressive comeback by Meath in a cracking encounter at Pearse Park to secure a place in the final.

Longford 2-18 Meath 2-12

The home side's first-half performance gave them a solid advantage which stood to them at the end of the 60 minutes as they led 1-9 to 0-4 going in at the break, with Brian Farrell's 10th-minute goal setting the tone.

Meath hit back with two goals from Chris O'Connor, but Longford wing-forward Paul McKeon netted to take the sting out the the Royals' fight and Paddy Collum's shot-stopping prowess kept Longford on track.

Scorers – Longford: P Gill 0-6, B Farrell 1-3, B McKeon 1-2, D Gallaher, R O'Connnor 0-2 each, D Cooney, McGivney, A Dalton 0-1 each. Meath: C O'Connor 2-2, D Kiernan, B O'Brien 0-2 each, D Rowe, J Toher, S Crosby, B Breannan, J McEntee, A Burk 0-1 each.

Longford – P Collum; A Farrell, P Brady, G Smith; J McGivney, F Reilly, D Cooney; D Gallagher, R McEntire; B McKeon, P McKeon, A Dalton; B Farrell, P Gill, R Connnor. Subs: D Farrelly for A Farrell (10), D Mimnagh for D Gallaher (57).

Meath – D Quirk; N Judge, B McConn, D Rodgers; R Geraghty, C Rowe, O Kieran; J Toher, K Traynor; B O'Brien, B Brennan, C O'Connor; J McEntee, S Crosbie, A Burke. Subs: D Rowe for C Rowe (36), A Gannon for A Burke (36).

REF – S Johnson (Louth)


Cavan 0-17

Louth 0-8

PHILIP TINNELLY scored three superb points as all six Cavan forwards got on the scoresheet in a a facile victory in Dundalk.

Louth hit the front first, with a Sean McCann free opening the home side's account. But Cavan began to assert their dominance with a score from Enda Reilly.

Eight points without reply in the second quarter proved decisive as Louth had no reply to the onslaught and Cavan led by nine at the half-time break.

Cavan were able to empty their bench in the closing stages and ran out nine-point winners.

SCORERS – Cavan : E Reilly 0-4 (3fs), D Hyland, P Tinnelly 0-3 each, M Lyng, P Leddy, C Conroy, P O'Connor, J Morris, L Buchanan, T Moore 0-1 each. Louth: S McCann 0-3, E O'Connor 0-2, T Durnin, A Williams, N Conlon 0-1 each.

CAVAN – J Farrelly; F Reilly, J Morris, D Barkey; N Smith, B Doyle, C Moynagh; P Leddy, L Buchanan; P Tinnelly, C Conroy, M Lyng; P O'Connor, D Hyland, E Reilly. Subs: T Moore for P O'Connor, P Smith for N Smith, B Sankey for L Buchanan, Niall Clerkin for E Reilly, E Hession for D Barkey.

LOUTH – R Sansom; A Williams, B Mulligan, P Nixon; C O'Hanlon, G Connolly, R Brennan; S McCann, J Califf; T Durnin, J Kermode, P Kirwan; N Conlon, E O'Connor, G McSorley. Subs: B Duffy for J Kermode, J Agnew for J Califf, D O'Hanlon for G Connolly, D O'Connell for P Kirwan.

REF – N McKenna (Kildare).

Irish Independent

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