Seneschalstown 2-8 Wolfe Tones 1-8, Pairc Tailteann, Navan
Seneschalstown captured their second Meath SFC title in three years, thanks to a three-point replay victory over 14-man Wolfe Tones in Navan tonight.
In bizarre scenes before the throw-in for the second half, referee Joey Curley immediately headed for the Wolfe Tones goalmouth showing their goalkeeper David Nolan a straight red card.
Earlier as the teams entered the dressing rooms at the interval, one of the Seneschalstown players had been dumped to the ground following an altercation.
It was a game which saw a Wolfe Tones side, who were chasing only their second title, dominate possession in the opening stages.
But they failed to take their scoring chances with five wides in the opening quarter, leaving it tied at 0-1 apiece.
Meath senior star Brian Sheridan opened Seneschalstown's account in the fifth minute, but Cian Ward's 14th-minute penalty effort blazed over the crossbar.
It was a ninety-second goal scoring spree which paved the way for Seneschalstown victory's with brothers Brian and Joe Sheridan netting quick-fire goals.
Joe was involved in both three-pointers, firstly in picking out his brother Brian from a sideline kick, and then in pushing Seneschalstown into a seven-point lead courtesy of the second goal.
Points from Joe Sheridan and Gary Conlon pushed Seneschalstown into a 2-4 to 0-1 lead by the 22nd minute.
Wolfe Tones rallied before the break as scores from Darren McGrath and Shane Corrigan cut the deficit.
The third quarter saw both teams go point for point with Cian Ward claiming both of Wolfe Tones scores, and Brian Sheridan and Robert Ruddy on target for Seneschalstown.
Wolfe Tones managed to cut the deficit to a goal with just eight minutes to go, thanks to the sustained efforts of Ward who added 1-1 to his side's tally.
The game was on a knife-edge in the closing stages as both sides' hunger for the title reached fever pitch.
Scores were traded on two occasions in the final seven minutes with Wolfe Tones piling on most of the pressure.
However, Seneschalstown held out for a much deserved win with skipper Ciaran Macken lifting the cup after the game.
Scorers - Seneschalstown: B Sheridan 1-3, J Sheridan 1-2, S Clarke (0-1f), G Conlon, R Ruddy 0-1 each
Wolfe Tones: C Ward (0-4f, 0-1 '45', 0-1 pen) 1-6, D McGrath, S Corrigan 0-1 each
SENESCHALSTOWN: D Lyons; P Carey, A Collins, G Sheridan; M Carey, J Crowley, S Stephen; J Sheridan, D Sheridan; S Finnegan, C Macken, G Conlon; S Clarke, R Ruddy, B Sheridan.
Subs used: T Ledwidge for S Clarke (47 mins), C Duffy for S Sheridan (53), B Clarke for Ruddy (57).
WOLFE TONES: D Nolan; R Brady, C McLoughlin, C Martin; B McGinn, E Harrington, G Beggy; S Sheppard, S Corrigan; D McGrath, N McLoughlin, M Coleman; A Fox, C Ward, P Byrne.
Subs used: S Power for McGrath (half-time), A McKeown for C McLoughlin (34 mins), A Callaghan for Byrne (42), J McKeown for Coleman (52).
Referee: Joey Curley (Moynalty)