Resilient Royals fight back to secure semi spot
Meath 2-17 Kildare 1-14
With the legendary Sean Boylan assisting Vinny Guy, Meath showed impressive resilience to claim victory in this All-Ireland U-20 B HC clash with Kildare in Trim on Saturday.
Leading by two points at the break, Meath conceded a calamitous goal within 50 seconds of the restart.
However, the Royals clawed their way back. Led by Nicky Potterton, they dominated the remainder to claim a place in the semi-finals.
The opening half was a tight affair, with James Burke's frees giving Kildare an early boost before Mikey Mullen's placed balls and a couple of excellent scores from Ian Bermingham ensured a 0-9 to 0-7 interval lead for Meath.
That lead was wiped out by Mark Doyle's free that fell from Eoin Griffin's grasp to the net. Liam Dempsey and Ciaran Tobin added further points for Kildare.
The Royals refused to panic, with points from Potterton (two), Mullen and Vincent Ward restoring parity.
A superb finish from Potterton yielded Meath's first goal, and they led by five. Points from Dempsey closed the gap, but Sean Martin's goal made sure of victory.
SCORERS - Meath: N Potterton 1-4 (2f); M Mullen 0-4f; S Martin 1-1; I Bermingham, E Fitzgerald 0-2 each; B Dowling, D Gilmartin, V Ward, C O'Sullivan 0-1 each. Kildare: J Burke 0-6 (4f); L Dempsey 0-5 (4f); M Doyle 1-1f; C Tobin, K Aherne 0-1 each.
Meath - E Griffin; S Coffey, C Butler, S Ennis; B Kelly, C Quigley, E Fitzgeralld; D Farrell, J Ryan; B Dowling, N Potterton, V Ward; D Gilmartin, I Bermingham, M Mullen. Subs: S Martin for Gilmartin (38), C O'Sullivan for Mullen (40), P Coyne for Ward (67).
Kildare - M Doyle; F Kelly, J Dolan, M Barea; M Byrne, R Boran, D Costello; H Dunne, J Travers; M Curtin, J Connolly, J Burke; S Whelan, K Aherne, L Dempsey. Subs: C Tobin for Whelan (h-t), S MacDonnacha for Burke (35), Sam Donovan for Dolan (47).
Referee - L Gordon (Galway).