Royals shake off Longford challenge

Meath 1-17 Longford 1-09: Nine successive points at the start of the second-half set Meath on the road to victory at Páirc Tailteann last night.

Royals shake off Longford challenge

Longford promised much early on and led 1-3 to 0-2 after 18 minutes but their challenge completely fizzled out.

Their goal came from Francis Magee and at that stage it looked as if Longford would make a game of it. However Meath hit back with a Sean Tobin goal and at half-time it was 1-5 each.

It was one way traffic in the second-half.

Scorers for Meath: R O’Dowd 0-4, J Queeney 0-3, S Tobin 1-0, A Tormey, M O’Sullivan (1f), J Wallace, B Menton 0-2 each, D Bray, D Toner 0-1 each.

Scorers for Longford: F Magee 1-0, B Kavanagh 0-3 (1f), S McCormack 0-2, B Gilleran (45), P McKeon (f), R McEntire, A Rowan 0-1 each.

MEATH: P O’Rourke; S Carty, M Burke, N Judge; D Brennan, N Shortall, B Menton; J Queeney, A Tormey; S Tobin, M O’Sullivan, D Toner; D Bray, T McCullen, R O’Dowd.

Subs: D Dalton for Brennan (25), D Dalton for Brennan (25), H Rooney for McCullen, S Melia for Shortall, J Wallace for Bray (all h/t), D Carroll for Tobin (48).

LONGFORD: P Collum; D Brady, T Gallagher, F Battrim; C P Smith, B O’Farrell, E Williams; B Gilleran, R McEntire; P Gill, F Magee, A Rowan; P McKeon, S McCormack, P Foy.

Subs: B Kavanagh for Magee 24), A Dalton for Gill (h/t), B Devine for Battrim (43), D Cooney for McKeon (56), R McNerney for McCormack (56), C Quaine for Gilleran (59).

Referee: J Hickey (Carlow).

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