Friday 15 December 2017

Royals' goal rush sinks 14-man Mayo

Under-21 B Hurling semi-final: Meath 4-12 Mayo 1-11

Mayo's David Kenny was sent off for a second yellow on the approach to half time
Mayo's David Kenny was sent off for a second yellow on the approach to half time Newsdesk Newsdesk

Three goals in an 11-minute spell at the start of the second half at Trim propelled Meath to a first All-Ireland final appearance at the this grade since 2010.

Mayo led 0-6 to 0-5 at the break but suffered a massive blow when midfielder David Kenny was sent off for a second yellow card on the approach to half-time.

The hosts seized the initiative from the restart and within three minutes Gavin McGowan struck for a goal.

McGowan added a point before Fergal Flattery netted on 36 minutes, and sub Sean Doyle soon accounted for goal number three.

Shell-shocked Mayo fought back with a goal from Sean Regan on 44 minutes, their first score of the second half. However they never threatened to make up the deficit and James Andrews capped a fine second-half display from Meath with a late goal.

SCORERS - Meath: G McGowan 1-3, F Flattery 1-2, J Andrews, S Doyle 1-1 each, J Regan 0-3fs, L Martyn, S Quigley 0-1 each. Mayo: S Regan 1-2 (0-2fs), F Boland 0-4 (2fs), C Scahill, A O Suilleabhean 0-2 each, J Gallagher 0-1.

MEATH - C Bird; D Conneely, L Rickard, C McGrath; C O'Shea, S McGrath, E Ryan; L Martyn, S Kelly; G McGowan, J Regan, P Potterton; J Wall, F Flattery, J Andrews. Subs: S Doyle for Wall (37), S Quigley for Potterton (39), L Swayne for Martyn (47), C O'Rourke for C McGrath (56), C Sheerin for O'Shea (58).

MAYO - D Freyne; A Henry, S Geraghty, C Murray; J Judge, C Finn, M Flannery; A O Suilleabhean, D Kenny; Z O'Toole, F Boland, J Gallagher; C Scahill, S Regan, S Nugent. Subs: D Muldoon for Flannery (37), S Kenny for S Nugent (38), S Coughlan for J Judge (53), R Byrne for O'Toole (60), S Healy for Gallagher (60).

REF - C Cunning (Antrim).

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