Monday 20 November 2017

Early goal-blitz sets up Meath cruise against Mayo

Meath 3-8 Mayo 0-9

Brian Hunt, Mayo
Brian Hunt, Mayo

Meath outclassed Mayo in dreadful conditions at the Centre of Excellence in Bekan, Ballyhaunis.

Driving rain made life extremely difficult for both teams but Meath adapted better with three first-half goals.

Mayo struggled against a strong wind and Willie McGrath hit the Mayo net inside two minutes, Alan Douglas repeating the trick minutes later. Mayo got off the mark with a point from Austin Lyons on 13 minutes.

Brian Hunt pulled points back for Mayo but just before half-time they were hit with the best of Meath's goals from Jack Regan.

In the second half, it took Mayo 10 minutes to find the target with a free from Hunt. That was negated by a point from Douglas.

Mayo ended with 14 men when Gary Nolan picked up a red card after a challenge on substitute Sean Quigley.

Man of the match: Padraig Keogh (Meath)

SCORErs - Meath: W McGrath 1-3 (0-1f), A Douglas 1-2, J Regan 1-1, J Toher, P Conneely 0-1 each. Mayo - B Hunt 0-4 (4fs), K Feeney 0-3 (2fs), A Lyons, A Healy (f) 0-1 each.

MEATH - C Bird, C Reilly, S Brennan, M Whitty, D Healy, K Keoghan, P Keogh, G Kelly, K Ennis, P Conneely, J Toher, A Douglas, J Regan, A Healy, W McGrath. Subs: S Doyle for Healy (50), M Dunne for Brennan (54), S Quigley for Conneely (60), C Joyce for Quigley (inj, 66).

MAYO - D O'Brien, S Morley, F Lyons, A Brennan, K Kiely, A Connolly, P O'Flynn, A Lyons, G Nolan, E Collins, S Hoban, K Feeney, B Hunt, D Gallagher, F Boland. Subs: J Ganley for Collins (40), K McDermott for K Lyons (60), S Boland for D Gallagher (62).

REF - J Keane (Galway).

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