Gannon leads Meath past 12-man Derry
Meath 2-19 Derry 0-16
Four players saw red as Meath made it two wins from two in the League against 12-man Derry at Pairc Tailteann yesterday.
Derry lost Kevin Hinphey 10 minutes into the second half, when his side had forged ahead after trailing 0-11 to 0-8 at the interval.
Then Derry's John O'Dwyer and Meath's Keith Keoghan were dismissed following a melee. Eugene McGuckin also saw red after collecting a second yellow with five minutes left.
Meath could have led by more at the break but Steven Clynch had a penalty deflected over the bar.
Derry raised the tempo for the second half and were level by the 40th minute. Alan Grant then put them ahead on two occasions.
However Adam Gannon struck for a Meath goal and while Derry got back to parity, they lost their way after being reduced to 12 players. James Kelly hit the lead point and sub Peter Farrell's goal sealed victory.
SCORERS - Meath: S Clynch 0-5 (3fs), A Gannon 1-1, S Quigley 0-4, J Kelly 0-3, P Farrell 1-0, A Forde 0-2, N Heffernan, G Kelly, K Keena, C McCabe 0-1 each. Derry: R Convery 0-6 (4fs), A Kelly 0-3, G McCormack, A Grant 0-2 each, D Cartin, O McCloskey, J O'Dwyer 0-1 each.
MEATH - S McGann 7; S Geraghty 7, S Whitty 7,C Reilly 7; S Brennan 6, D Healy 8, K Keoghan 6; A Forde 7, J Toher 7; S Quigley 8, C McCabe 6, J Kelly 8; S Clynch 7, A Gannon 7, N Heffernan 6. Subs: K Keena 6, for McCabe (h-t), G Kelly 6 for Brennan (h-t), P Farrell 7 for Heffernan (52), D Reilly for C Reilly (65), P Kelly for Healy (68).
DERRY - D McDermott 7; P Turner 7, S McCullagh 7, D McCloskey 6; C Steele 7, K Hinphey 6, L Óg Hinphey 7; D Cartin 6, O McCloskey 7; J O'Dwyer 6, G McCormack 7, A Grant 7; A Kelly 7, R Convery 8, E McGuckin 6. Subs: T McCloskey 6 for L Og Hinphey (49), S Farren 5 for Cartin (63), Cartin for McCormack (66), T McGee for McCloskey (70), T O'Kane for Grant (70).
REF - A Devine (Westmeath)