Fabulous Frayne Fires Meath To Huge Title

Meath… 1-07

Offaly… 1-06

Team captain Eoghan Frayne led by example as the resurgence of Meath teams at Minor level continued this evening at Mullingar.

The bustling Summerhill clubman is a throwback to how football – and the full forward berth specifically – should be played. Able to win his own ball, strong in possession and able to kick scores from well out the field.

For all that, the first half was a dour affair, with both sides clearly showing the effects of not having played a competitive game together in seven months. At the end of it, two booming Frayne frees left the pre-match favourites ahead by 0-04 to 0-02.

Pointing the way: Eoghan Frayne lines up another score

When Dunshaughlin’s Ruairi Kinsella clipped over the first score of the second half, it appeared those in green and gold were about to kick on. But then, their opponents are known as the Faithful County with good reason and very quickly it became obvious this one was going to the wire.

Manager John McCarthy made two changes from the side which defeated Laois last December, but even after one of the incoming, Liam Stafford, netted, those in the tricolour kit came roaring back courtesy of a Pauric Robbins goal and a brace of points from Jamie Guing left extra time a distinct possibility.

However, with Ben Donnelly, Ciaran Caulfield, Sean Emmanuel and Conor Gray excelling throughout, late scores from Kinsella and the skipper gave McCarthy’s men the victory their excellence during the elongated 2020 Leinster MFC deserved.

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