Barrett on fire in Na Fianna rout

Former League of Ireland player Shane Barrett turned in a remarkable display when powering Na Fianna into the semi-finals of the Meath SFC for the first time at Páirc Tailteann on Saturday.

Barrett scored an incredible 5-4 as last year’s intermediate champions romped to a 7-10 to 2-10 victory over Moynalvey, having been ahead 4-5 to 1-5 at the break.

The Enfield-Baconstown side’s top scorer found the net four times in the first half, with his first goal coming as early as the second minute. Barrett’s second goal was struck from a penalty before John Donoghue’s converted spot kick before the halfway stage revived Moynalvey’s fading hopes.

Although a goal from Ray Ryan reduced the arrears to seven points near the three-quarter stage, it didn’t get any better for the 2011 intermediate winners.

Daniel Queeney fired to net to leave the board reading 5-8 to 2-9 on 50 minutes and Barrett could have had a sixth goal. However, he had to retire with an injury in the closing stages and that allowed Harrison Silke slot in the winners’ seventh goal from another penalty kick.

There was a sensational outcome to the fourth quarter-final at Trim last evening when holders Navan O’Mahonys, who had been as short as 7/4 on to retain the title, were defeated by 2011 champions Summerhill on a 1-9 to 1-8 scoreline.

Summerhill had the advantage of the breeze in the first half and raced into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead and they were ahead by 0-6 to 0-2 at the break. It was felt four points might not be a sufficient cushion, especially when O’Mahonys drew level at 0-7 each nine minutes into the second period.

However, a goal from Barry Dardis shortly afterwards followed by a Micheal Byrne point put Summerhill back in the driving seat and O’Mahonys were unable to build on Jake Regan’s 54th-minute goal.

Last year’s beaten finalists, Wolfe Tones, are back in the last four following a 3-12 to 3-10 success over Skryne at Páirc Tailteann on Friday night, with Cian Ward scoring 1-9 of the winning total. Ward, who was dropped from the Meath panel before the start of this year’s Leinster championship, shot seven points in the first half at the end of which Tones, managed by Darren Fay, led by 1-8 to 1-5.

With Eanna Harrington and Ward netting in the third quarter, the advantage was increased to eight points before Skryne rallied with goals from Kevin Mulvaney and Mark Jordan, making for a close finish.

County goalkeeper Paddy O’Rourke, who figures in attack for Skryne, reduced the deficit to the minimum before Ward completed his total.

Yesterday’s quarter-final at Páirc Tailteann went to extra-time before Rathkenny held out for a surprise 0-14 to 1-10 victory over Seneschalstown, despite being without injured county midfielder Brian Meade.

After leading for most of the hour with Brian Lenehan, Owen Elliott and Jack Gore impressing in attack, Rathkenny looked set for the win in normal time before a late goal from Bryan Clarke sent the tie to an additional 20 minutes, as the board read 0-10 to 1-7.

Rathkenny, who were ahead by 0-7 to 0-3 on the half-hour mark, led by two points in the first period of extra-time before Joe Sheridan had the sides level again. The two-point margin was restored with scores from Gore and veteran All-Ireland winner of the 90s, Donal Curtis, seeing Rathkenny through to the last four for the second time in four years.

Meath SFC semi-finals: Na Fianna v Wolfe Tones, Summerhill v Rathkenny.

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