A brace of well taken goals from the speedy Cillian O’Sullivan set Meath on their way as they departed Armagh’s Athletic Grounds with both points to leave everything to play for going into their remaining fixture against Mayo. Today’s encounter was staged at the neutral venue after Paddy Tally’s team were forced to forfeit home advantage having being found in contravention of Covid-19 training regulations.
Buoyed by last week’s storming finish against Westmeath, the Leinster side were quickly out of the blocks with scores from the prolific Jordan Morris, O’Sullivan and Tomas O’Reilly propelled the pre-match favourites into a 0-06 to 0-02 lead. In fairness, the men from the Mountains Of Mourne were roused into action in the second quarter, though a fine riposte from the industrious Mathew Costello and a Morris free left the visitors in the box seat by 0-08 to 0-06 at the interval.
Another Morris score stretched the advantage for Andy McEntee’s team before the objective for the day was basically accomplished in a matter of moments thanks to two demonstrations of individual genius from the livewire O’Sullivan saw the 2019 Div. 2 finalists comfortably home. If there were a couple of blots on the Royal copybook, the acquisition of two Black Cards (Eoin Harkin and Shane McEntee) and the manner in which Down tacked on a few scores unanswered scores will give them plenty to work on heading into the last round of ‘regulation’ games.
However, going into the final round clash with Mayo at Castlebar with a fighting chance of attaining promotion is about as good as could be hoped for after two outings.