Earlier this year, eventual champions Dunshaughlin had 18 points to spare over closest neighbours and rivals Blackhall Gaels in the group stages of the Meath IFC. As somebody blessed to have close connections to both clubs – not to mention being the nephew of a former Chairman of the latter when they were Batterstown – it was a result which upset me greatly.
To see a great club with such a fine tradition struggling so badly wasn’t good. For the club or area concerned or, on a broader scale, Meath football.
However, on most recent evidence, initial pessimism in relation to the Gaels can be reined in if the display of their Paul Kelly for Tara in this contest is anything to go by.
The impressive half forward netting the all important goal while points flowed from the Dunsany trio of Declan Smyth, Cathal Murphy and Pierre Fox.
On the other side, again the Curtis clan were to the fore. With Keith and David registering a half dozen points between them and Barry O’Connell impressing again in slotting over two fine scores.
The old adage about goals winning games rang true again though. Kelly’s goal was indeed the match winner after a Curtis spot kick was brilliantly dealt with by Dunsany shot stopper Niall Flynn. Though it was actually his club colleague Murphy who had the final say as Ger Robinson’s troops advanced to the final four.