Friday 19 January 2018

Slevin and Morris combine to topple London

MEATH 2-17 LONDON 1-11

TWO goals in the space of a minute blitzed the Exiles and gave Meath a surprisingly easy victory in Trim.

Tipperary native Tony Dunne netted for London on 10 minutes and they led by 1-3 to 0-4 before Clynch (two) and Slevin accounted for the last three scores of the opening half.

London, who will compete in this year's Leinster championship, were 1-7 to 0-9 ahead before Barry Slevin produced a neat finish to the net from an acute angle on 46 minutes.

The hosts struck again almost immediately when wing-back Stephen Morris got on the end of a pass from Peter Durnin and blasted past 'keeper Darren Russell.

The London challenge fizzled out after that and three successive scores from Durnin extended Meath's lead to seven points, 2-13 to 1-9, by the 57th minute.

It was a second straight win of the campaign for the Royals, who led by 0-7 to 1-3 at the break. Steven Clynch top-scored with seven points and there were also fine contributions from Durnin, Kelly and Slevin in attack.

Man of the match: J Togher (Meath)

SCORERS – Meath: S Clynch 0-7 (5f), P Durnin 0-4, S Morris, B Slevin 1-1 each, J Kelly 0-3, D Magee 0-1. London: G Hennelly 0-5 (3f), T Dunne 1-1, M Finn (2f), J Maher 0-2 each, S Lambert 0-1.

MEATH – S McGann 7; C Reilly 6, D Healy 7, W Mahedy 6; S Brennan 7, J Togher 8, S Morris 7; S Donoghue 7, S Heavey 8; P Conneely 5, S Clynch 8, J Kelly 7; B Slevin 7, P Durnin 7, A Gannon 7. Subs: R Hatton 6 for Reilly (55), J Meyler for Conneely (66), D Magee for Durnin (69), R Andrews for Kelly (70), A Watters for Heavey (70).

LONDON – D Russell 6; P Lane 6, D Healy 6, B Healy 6; D Moore 6, J Walsh 7, D Maher 7; H Vaughan 7, G Hill 6; S Lambert 6, M Duggan 6, S Keane 6; T Dunne 7, J Maher 7, G Hennelly 7. Subs: S Egan 5 for Duggan (25), L Hands 5 for Keane (44), K Bolger 5 for Hill (53), M Finn 6 for Egan (59), E Cooney 5 for Hennelly (62).

REF – P O'Dwyer (Carlow)

Irish Independent

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