Clynch class turns tables on Kildare
HAVING beaten Meath in two league clashes earlier in the year, Kildare were surprised in this quarter-final at Pairc Tailteann.
A goal from James Kelly after 26 minutes proved to be the difference between the sides at the finish as a fine display by Stephen Clynch inspired the Meath men.
The teams were level five times before Kelly fired to the net en route to a 1-8 to 0-7 half-time lead. Meath maintained pole position after that. Willie Mahady brought off a crucial goal-line save from Kildare's Paul Divilly on 40 minutes and at the other end Peter Durnin spurned a good goal chance.
Man of the Match:
Stephen Clynch (Meath)
SCORERS -- Meath: S Clynch 0-7 (5f), J Kelly 1-2, N Kirby 0-4 (4f), J Toher, P Durnin, S Morris 0-1 each. Kildare: P Divilly 0-6 (5f), C Kenny, J Enright (1f), 0-3 each, D Harney, M Moloney 0-2 each.
MEATH -- S McGann; C Reilly, E Fitzgerald, W Mahady; J Toher, D Healy, E Keogh; S Clynch, S Morris; J Kelly, S Donoghue, C O Mealoid; P Conneely, N Kirby, P Durnin. Subs: S Brennan for Toher (21), D Doran for Kelly (52), N Horan for Donoghue (56), P Fagan for Fitzgerald (68), C Fitzsimons for Morris (70).
KILDARE -- P Dermody; P Reidy, F O Muineachain, J Doran; P Curtin, R Hoban, N O Muineachain; D Butler, M Moloney; C Kenny, P Divilly, D Harney; J Enright, T Murphy, M Fitzgerald. Subs: K Divilly for Curtin (41), R Kelly for N O Muineachain (46), G Keegan for Fitzgerald (57).
REF -- O Elliott (Antrim).