Sunday 25 February 2018

Clynch stuns Mayo

Meath 0-16 Mayo 0-15, Christy Ring Cup

Meath's Stephen Clynch
Meath's Stephen Clynch

A last-minute free, from all of 70 yards, from Stephen Clynch booked a semi-final berth for Meath after this second-round tie at MacHale Park, Castlebar.

Despite the presence of dual star Keith Higgins, playing his first hurling game for Mayo this year, the hosts came up just short.

They will feel very unlucky: the normally reliable Kenny Feeney, who scored 10 points, missed two scoreable frees in the second half.

Clynch, on the other hand, was unerring with a haul of 0-8, including two 65s and a superb long-range point from play, while Meath's slight edge in strength took them over the line, if only just.

After an even first half Mayo held a one-point lead at the interval having played against the wind – 0-10 to 0-9 – but it took some vigilant defending to deny Meath a couple of goals.

Clynch for Meath and Mayo's Feeney impressed from dead-balls but nine wides in that half alone, and 15 for the game, were to prove costly in the end for the home side.

Scorers – Meath: S Clynch 0-8 (5f, 2'65s), C King, W McGrath 0-2 each, S Heavey, S Whitty, Doran, J Meyler 0-1 each. Mayo: K Feeney 0-10 (9f), F Boland 0-2, D Gallagher (f), S Regan, K Higgins 0-1 each.

Meath: C Bird, C Reilly, N McLoughlin, D Donoghue, P Farrell, S Clynch, S Whitty, S Heavey, D Reilly, C King, J Toher, J Meyler, W McGrath, D Healy, S Morris. Subs: D Doran for D Reilly (25), S Doyle for D Healy (50), J Regan for J Meyler (69).

Mayo: D O'Brien, A Brennan, A Connolly, D Kenny, D Gallagher, K Higgins, P Barrett, C Charlton, B Higgins, G Nolan, D McDonnell, F Boland, K Feeney, S Regan, B Hunt. Subs: J Kennedy for B Higgins (38), E Collins for D McDonnell (41), S Hoban for B Hunt (64), D McTigue for F Boland (66).

Referee: J O'Brien (Tipperary).

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