Farrell grabs Meath glory
Meath 1-19 Kildare 1-18
Substitute Peter Farrell hit the winning score as Meath picked up their opening victory in the Walsh Cup at Páirc Tailteann.
Farrell came off the bench to score twice as the hosts came back from a two-point deficit.
James Toher, who lined out for Meath's footballers in the O'Byrne Cup in midweek, was in excellent form from play and placed balls, hitting 11 points.
The opening goal came from Kildare's Brian Byrne, who pounced after a close-range effort from Jack Sheridan was blocked on 11 minutes.
That put Kildare ahead for the first time and with Mark Delaney on form they continued to lead until a Mark O'Sullivan goal regained the lead for Meath.
There was never more than two points between the sides in the second-half, but Meath finished stronger with three unanswered points.
SCORERS - Meath: J Toher 0-11 (7fs, 1 '65), M O'Sullivan 1-0, P Farrell 0-2, J Keena, A Forde, S Quigley, J Kelly, K Keena, D Reilly 0-1 each.
Kildare: M Delaney 0-7 (5fs, 2 '65s), B Byrne 1-2, M Purcell, C Bonus 0-2 each, P Ryan, P Divilly, G Johnson, J Sheridan (sl), D Reidy 0-1 each.
MEATH: S McGann; S Geraghty, S Whitty, C Reilly; K Keoghan, D Kelly, S Brennan; J Kenna, A Forde; S Quigley, C McCabe, J Kelly; M O'Sullivan, N Heffernan, J Toher. Subs: J Keena for Heffernan (28), D Reilly for Forde (44), J Walsh for D Kelly (56), P Farrell for McCabe (59), Heffernan for O'Sullivan (64), L Martyn for Quigley (67), N Weir for J Kelly (69),
KILDARE: P Dermody; C Forde, J Doran, N O Muineachain; S Gainey, M Moloney, D Stapleton; R Bergin, B Byrne; M Delaney, M Purcell, P Divilly; G Johnson, J Sheridan, D Reidy. Subs: C Bonus for Johnson (h-t), P Ryan for Doran (52), R Ryan for Sheridan (60).
Ref: M Murtagh (Westmeath)
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