Needing to win big in this lunchtime encounter at Dunganny, the last thing Meath needed was David O’Flaherty rifling to their net inside the first minute. Podge O’Hanrahan responded with two points for Meath, but unfortunately that was as good as it got for them.
With James Burke in awesome form in front of goal, when Brian Byrne netting again for the Lilywhites, it left David Herity’s team clear by 2-07 to 0-03 midway through the first half.
Thereafter, Meath did respond with scores from Kyle Donnelly, Eamonn O’Donnchadh and Damien Healy, but every time they looked like reining in their visitors, Klldare pulled a few further lengths away.
By half time, the sides were at double scores (0-10 to 2-14), however, instead of getting the good start they absolutely needed, Kildare actually outscored the locals 6-1 in the opening jousts of the second half.
Essentially, that ended the match as a contest but, as is always my way, striving to find something positive out of the day, getting some game time into the very influential Jack Regan and also registering 18 points over the 70 minutes both bode well going forward.
Having said that, such is the (welcome) competitive nature of the National Leagues now, it’s likely there will be nothing easy about their forthcoming encounter with Wicklow.
MEATH: C. Ennis; G. Dwane, S. Geraghty, B. McKeon; K. Donnelly (0-1), J. Kelly, M. Healy; S. Morris, P. Ryan; D. Healy (0-2), S. Ennis (0-1), N. McLarnon; N. Potterton (0-1), E. O’Donnchadh (0-5), P. O’Hanrahan (0-5). Subs – D. Murtagh for Healy, J. Regan (0-4) for O’Hanrahan, D. Shine for McLarnon, S. Brennan for Ennis, M. Cole for Potterton, T. Shine for Geraghty.
Referee – C. Goff (Wicklow)