Saturday 21 April 2018

Durnin teaches St Patrick's a lesson

Meath 5-29 St Pat's, Drumcondra 1-7

Meath's Peter Durnin outscored the students of St Patrick's, Drumcondra on his own in this one-sided opener at Trim.

Durnin bagged 3-7 from play, while seven of his team-mates also got on the scoresheet.

Two years ago, the student teachers delivered a hiding to Meath in this competition. A repeat was never on here.

Having the sun in their eyes in the opening half was of little hindrance to Meath as a tenacious defence limited St Pat's to just five points.

Within 30 seconds, midfielder James Toher landed a free from the half-way mark. It set the tone as the students were unable to regain parity.

Goals from Adam Gannon and a brilliant Durnin solo effort left it 2-7 to 0-3 after 24 minutes. It was 3-13 to 0-5 at the break. Paddy Connelly notched Meath's fourth goal shortly after the resumption.

Paddy Butler, one of seven Kilkenny starters on the losing side, netted a goal for St Pat's in the 59th minute.

Meath closed in on a second-round date at home to Wicklow or Mayo next Sunday with five points on the bounce.

SCORERS -- Meath: P Durnin 3-7, P Connelly 1-5, A Gannon 1-1, J Toher 0-4 (2fs), E Marsh, D Doran, D Reilly (2fs) 0-3 each, G Kelly 0-2, W McGrath 0-1. St Patrick's: P Butler 1-0, J McGrath 0-3 (3fs), E O'Neill 0-2, C Joyce, L White 0-1 each.

MEATH -- C Bird; C O'Shea, N McLoughlin, D Donoghue; S Whitty, D Healey, P Farrell; J Toher, D Reilly; P Connelly, E Marsh, P Durnin; D Doran, G Kelly, A Gannon. Subs: P Farrell for Kelly (h-t), W McGrath for Gannon (h-t), S Geraghty for Toher (h-t), C Reilly for O'Shea (44), D Foley for Donoghue (61).

ST PAT'S -- S Russell; D Flaherty, J Kelly, R O Hanrahan; C Wafer, P Butler, E O'Neill; R Peacock, C Baxter; K Ryan, C Joyce, J McGrath; P Walshe, W Murphy, E McIntyre. Subs: E Morrissey for Wafer (h-t), P Ryan for Wafer (h-t), L White for Peacock (60).

REF -- K Jones (Kildare).

Irish Independent

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