Hitman Sheridan bags two goals in Royal return

Joe Sheridan announced his return to the Meath fold with a personal tally of 2-2 as his side trounced Westmeath in a challenge at Boardsmill yesterday.

Sheridan displayed much of his old predatory instincts to ransack a Westmeath defence who found itdifficult to contain his height and movement. Just over a week since his return to Ireland from Boston, Sheridan looked eager to impress manager Seamus McEnaney and newly recruited John Evans.

Sheridan hit both goals in the second-half — the first an opener from close range, the second when he punched a Stephen Bray cross home. Sheridan also missed a first-half penalty, driving the ball low and hard but the wrong side of the post after Peadar Byrne was hauled down.

The Seneschalstown man was eventually replaced by Damien Carroll as the game moved into the closing stages.

Brian Farrell, who has yet to nail down a permanent place on the team this year, also contributed a goal, as did Peadar Byrne who put in an enterprising display from midfield. Byrne is also looking to resurrect his inter-county career after a spell out of the limelight.

Meath controlled the game from start to finish with Westmeath fielding a largely experimental selection.

Scorers for Meath: J Sheridan 2-2; B Farrell 1-2; J Queeney 0-2; P Byrne 1-1; C Ward 0-1; D Carroll 0-1; B Menton 0-2; S Kenny 0-1; E Reilly 0-1; A Ford 0-1.

Scorers for Westmeath: A Giles 0-4 three frees; M Ennis 0-1; J Dolan 0-1; M Curley 0-1; C McCormack 0-1.


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