Meath finish strongly to end hurlers’ hopes

All-Ireland Minor Hurling ‘B’ Quarter-Final: Meath 2-25 Roscommon 3-9

Roscommon made a great start to this quarter-final in Navan on Saturday last but they had no answer in the second half as Meath stormed to victory in the last 20 minutes.

  Meath were the better side in the opening exchanges and they led by 0-4 to 0-1 but once Daniel Glynn scored a goal after some good work from Michael Joe Egan in the 7th minute, Roscommon were back in the game. Michael Joe Egan scored a second Roscommon goal shortly afterwards but Meath were not down for long and Ethan Devine struck for their first goal to leave them 1-8 to 2-2 ahead. Meath led by 1-11 to 2-4 at half-time.

  There was drama at the start of the second half. Daniel Glynn scored two frees for Roscommon and then the Padraig Pearses marksman blazed a penalty wide with Roscommon just two points behind in the 35th minute. The sides shared a point apiece after that and a Connall Kennelly point saw the margin down to just a point with 40 minutes gone.

  But it was Meath who kicked on after that. Brian Dowling grabbed a second goal for the Royals and they scored six points in a row after that to open up a ten-point lead 2-18 to 2-8 with ten minutes left to play.

  With seven minutes to play Michael Joe Egan grabbed his second goal of the game but at that stage it was of consolation value only for Roscommon as Meath finished with a flourish out-scoring Roscommon by 0-6 to 0-1. It was a brave effort from Roscommon but Meath’s scoring power was the deciding factor in the end.

Roscommon: C Miley; O Lyons, K Feehily, P Halpin; O Kelly, E Coyle, S Downey; D Gately, C Kennelly (0-1); J Murray, M Feeley, B Mulry (0-1); MJ Egan (2-0), J Donoghue, D Glynn (1-7). Subs: A Carty for Feehily, B Fallon for Gately, D Staunton for Donoghue, C Tarmey for Kelly, S Clogher for Mulry.