Duggy makes the difference as Royals rally for draw



The above headline might give the impression that it was the Davy Nelson’s side who equalised – which wasn’t the case – but given the way the Connacht side dominated for long spells over the hour, it’d be ventured the locals will be glad to have got something from their third Lidl Ladies NFL outing.

With the majority of the near 3,600 attendance raucously behind them, the defending League and All Ireland Champions opened the brighter when raiding wing back Niamh Gallogly curled over a fine effort at the hospital end of Pairc Tailteann.

Thereafter scores were at a premium for the remainder of the first half, the excellent Kate Slevin just about kept the visitors in front as Dunshaughlin’s Meadbh Byrne followed her clubmate onto the scoresheet as the scoreboard read 0-02 to 0-03 at half timw.

She’s Back: Emma Duggan got Meath back into the game

Prior to the commencement of the second half, there was a roar which shook the old ground commensurate to that which greeted Jason Scully goal against Clare the day before, heralding the first appearance of the season for Dunboyne’s Emma Duggan.

The mercurial forward set alarm bells ringing in the Galway rearguard right from the off. Notching three points herself – one of which caused some debate but was allowed to stand – and also being involved in scores essayed home by Gallogly again and the ever improving Ciara Smyth.

All of which meant that when Stacey Grimes pointed a free with under four minutes remaining, it appeared Meath had done enough to have secured their second win of the season.

Only for the obfuscating, meddlesome referee to somehow manage to arrive at the decision to award their opponents a free which substitute Aoife O’Rourke had little difficulty in clipping over. Ensuring the draw which, in fairness, was probably a fair result on the day.

MEATH: M. McGuirk; A. Sheridan, M.K. Lynch, K. Newe; N. Gallogly (0-2), S. Ennis, A. Leahy; M. O’Shaughnessy, A. Minogue; M. Thynne, M. Byrne (0-1), C. Smyth (0-1); O. Callan, S. Grimes (0-2), N. O’Sullivan.

Subs: E. Duggan (0-3) for Callan, A. Leahy for Smyth, A. Sherlock for Byrne.

Referee: Gavin Finnegan (Down)

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