Horan puts Meath back on track
NICKY HORAN fired a brace of goals as Meath erased the memory of their disastrous trip to Tralee by getting back on the winning trail in impressive fashion yesterday.
The Royals were on the receiving end of a 10-point hammering in Kerry, but they exploded from the traps at Pairc Tailteann and Horan's two first-half strikes laid the foundations for a landslide success.
Horan netted in the opening minute and 22 minutes later added a brilliant second to help give his side a healthy 2-7 to 0-4 interval advantage.
The second half was one-way traffic. Despite a brief Mayo revival when David Dowling netted, Meath were always in control and some stunning scores from Stephen Clynch and substitute Kevin Keena sugar-coated a comfortable triumph.
SCORERS -- Meath: N Horan 2-0, N Hackett 0-5 (0-4f, 0-1 '45), S Clynch 0-4, S Donoghue 0-3, K Keena, P Durnin 0-2 each, P Fagan, D Muldoon 0-1 each. Mayo: D Dowling 1-1, S Hunt 0-4 (0-2f), S Hoban 0-3 (0-3f), N Murphy 0-2, K Feeney, D McDonnell 0-1 each.
Meath -- S Quinn; M Foley, P Fagan, D Donoghue; B Coughlan, S Clynch, M Horan; J Boyle, S Donoghue; P Keogh, N Hackett, P Garvey; P Durnin, N Horan, M Mullally. Subs: K Keena for Mullally (22), Michael Kelly for Boyle (33), D Muldoon for Durnin (58), M Lynch for Coughlan (64), C Burke for Foley (69).
Mayo -- N O Lionain; S Markham, C Ryan, S Morley; B Higgins, K McGrath, P Barrett; D McConn, N Murphy; R Cullinane, D Dowling, D Gallagher; S Hoban, K Robinson, K Feeney. Subs: C Hynes for Gallagher (17), D McDonnell for Robinson (28), S Hunt for Feeney (52), B Hunt for Hoban (56) .
REF -- G Devlin (Armagh).