Running up big tallies augers well



A former Meath football manager had a dictum during his tenure whereby he implored his charges to register a minimum of 16 points per outing. At the time, whether football or hurling, it wasn’t a bad yardstick. Now, however, due to the evolution of both games, such a number might only be a decent foundation.

Even at that, on said front both Meath senior teams have made encouraging beginnings. Having shot 0-16 against Carlow in midweek, Colm O’Rourke’s team matched that tally (2-10) against Laois on Saturday. However, in both their outings thus far this season, the Royal stickmen have faired even better.

Posting 0-18 against Wicklow just three days ago in Bray and adding another goal and six points to that tally against Down this afternoon at Dunganny. Running up big dallies this early in the season augers well going forward.

For a period, they needed every one of them as the men from the Mountains of Mourne recovered from by 0-05 to 0-02 in arrears to lead by 1-10 to 0-09 as the short whistle approached. Though it was the home side who finished much the stronger as the returning Sean Quigley (four), Niall McLarnon (three), Simon Ennis and Nicky Potterton all pointed as the sides went in deadlocked at 0-13 to 1-10.

Sean Quigley was in fine scoring form

A Ruairi McCrickard free two minutes into the second half put Ronan Sheehan’s team back in front, but thereafter the locals assumed control once McLarnon earned a penalty which was duly dispatched by James Toher.

When the same pair pointed and additional scores arrived via James Kelly, Cian Rogers, Damien Healy and Podge O’Hanrahan, it amounted to a convincing victory for those in the Glenveagh jerseys who now move on to their final group game against Carlow.

MEATH: C. Ennis; G. Dwane, A. O’Connor, B. McKeon; K. Donnelly (0-1), J. Toher (1-1), J. Kelly (0-2); P. Ryan, S. Geraghty; S. Ennis (0-1), S. Quigley (0-6), N. McLarnon (1-6); N. Potterton (0-1), D. Healy (0-1), C. Rogers (0-1). Subs; P. O’Hanrahan (0-2) for Quigley, P. Barnwell for Donnelly, M. Cole for Ryan, D. Shine for Potterton, E. Fitzgerald for Ennis, T. Shine for McLarnon, M. Healy for Toher.

Referee: M. Redmond (Kildare)

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