Clubs let off hook after penalty misses

Two Meath forwards failed to convert penalties in the third round of the county SFC at the weekend but both of their sides gained victories to extend 100% winning records.

Joe Sheridan returned to club action with Seneschalstown and drove a spot-kick outside the right upright in the second half of the clash with Oldcastle at Kilmainham on Saturday evening. However, the 2009 champions recovered to record a 0-11 to 0-7 success.

The Sheridan brothers shared five points, with Joe putting over two and Brian hitting three, as a second win from as many outings was achieved. Former Meath manager Colm Coyle’s Oldcastle are well out of the hunt after three defeats.

Wolfe Tones have full points after three starts, following their 0-14 to 0-10 victory over 2010 champions Skryne at Trim on Saturday. In the first half a Cian Ward penalty was kept out by Felim O’Rourke at the expense of a 45, which the county player put over.

Ward finished up with 0-10 as the 2006 champions maintained their strong run. It is so different for Skryne, managed by former Dublin ace Barney Rock, who will be also-rans this year with just one point from a possible six.

Donaghmore/Ashbourne, fancied by some to gain outright honours, boast full points from three games following their 0-15 to 0-7 win over Duleek/Bellewstown at Stamullen on Friday.

With John Broderick and Cormac McGill in scoring form, Sean Kelly’s charges led 0-8 to 0-5 at the break and continued to hold the upper hand, putting over six points without reply in the last quarter.

Dunboyne have five points from a possible six following their 0-10 each draw with Simonstown Gaels in the first part of the Páirc Tailteann double bill yesterday. With county goalkeeper David Gallagher showing up well in an outfield role, Dunboyne led 0-8 to 0-3 before their opponents rallied with a late point from Andrew Kearney earning them a draw.

Walterstown, managed by Dublin All-Ireland winner of the ’80s PJ Buckley, revived their hopes of qualifying for the closing stages with a 1-11 to 0-10 win over Dunshaughlin in the second Navan tie, a spectacular Michael Clarke goal in the first half giving them a big boost.


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