April 15, 2024

With Donegal already promoted and searching ahead to a league remaining towards Armagh in Croke Park subsequent weekend and with Meath secure in Division Two for subsequent season this may very well be described as one thing of a sport the place the consequence didn’t actually matter.

Donegal 1-18 Meath 1-10

by Charlie Collin at MacCumhaill Park

However after all that’s not the way in which groups at this degree take a look at issues and the goal is at all times to win and take away the teachings realized.

Jim McGuinness just lately confirmed intent along with his staff choice, sticking near the beginning line-up of latest weeks .

Meath are simply two weeks out from a championship sport towards Longford and made six modifications from the staff defeated by Cork final week.

As soon as once more the climate was unkind with the rain by no means too far-off and making enjoying situations tough.

Meath acquired the proper begin with a Cathal Hickey objective straight from the throw-in, ending off a very good transfer after a number of seconds play.

Each groups have been wasteful for the following ten minutes earlier than Shane O Donnell opened Donegal’s account with some extent from play. Virtually instantly Meath have been in for a second objective however Shaun Patton made an excellent save to disclaim Shane Walsh , a let-off for Donegal .

The house staff continued to kick wides and misplaced staff captain Patrick McBrearty with an harm, a fear with huge video games within the coming weeks.

After one other prolonged scoreless interval Donegal discovered their taking pictures boots ultimately with 4 quick-fire factors , two from Oisín Gallen and in between these one every from Jamie Brennan and Aaron Doherty, 0-05 to 1-00.

James Conlon lastly kicked Meath’s first level within the twenty seventh minute however O Donnell and Gallen shortly replied and when Keith Curtis added Meath’s second level, Hugh Mc Fadden, Jeaic MacCeallbhui and Ryan McHugh all scored from play to make it 9 factors in ten minutes from Donegal to guide by 0-10 to 1-02.
Shane Walsh added Meath’s third level to depart Donegal 4 factors forward on the break 0-10 to 1-03.

Ruairi Kinsella and Ryan McHugh exchanged early second-half factors and shortly Aaron Doherty and Ronan Jones did the identical , 0-12 to 1-05 to Donegal.

Ciaran Thompson kicked an excellent level from distance after which Aaron Doherty arrange Jamie Brennan for a Donegal objective and an eight level lead 1-13 to 1-05.

The groups exchanged factors from that to the end , Ciaran Thompson with a pair , Oisín Gallen , Niall O Donnell and Luke McGlynn for Donegal ,Jack O Conner , James Conlon , Donal Keogan, Curtis and Aaron Lynch for Meath because it completed 1-18 to 1-10 to spherical off one other Donegal win, however some concern with accidents to Patrick McBrearty and Ryan McHugh.
DONEGAL: Shaun Patton; Mark Curran, Stephen McMenamin , Ciaran Moore , Ryan McHugh (0-02), Caolan McGonagle, Peadar Mogan , Hugh McFadden (0-01), Aaron Doherty (0-02), Shane O’Donnell (0-02), Ciaran Thompson (0-03), Jamie Brennan (1-01) , Patrick McBrearty, Oisin Gallen (0-04 ) Daire Ó Baoill. Subs: Jeaic MacCeallbhui (0-01) for McBrearty ( 22mins), Niall O’Donnell 0-01 for O Baoill (h/t), Caolan McColgan for McHugh (53mins), Luke McGlynn ( 0-01,)and John Ross Molloy for McMenamin and McFadden ( 53mins),

MEATH: Billy Hogan , Harry O Higgins , Adam O’Neill, Brian O’Halloran. , Adam McDonnell , Donal Keogan (0-01), Ross Ryan , Ronan Jones (0-01) , Cian McBride , Diarmuid Moriarty Ruairí Kinsella (0-01), Cathal Hickey (1-00 ), Shane Walsh (0-01), James Conlon (0-02), Keith Curtis (0-02) , Subs: Jack O Conner 0-01 for Moriarty (55mins), Danny Dixon for McBride ( 51mins), Aaron Lynch 0-01 for Walsh ( 55mins), Micheal Murphy for O Higgins (57mins), Ciaran Caulfield for McDonnell ( 62mins).

Referee ; Paddy Neilan ( Roscommon).

Donegal overcome Meath however pay value with accidents to McBreaty and McHugh was final modified: March twenty third, 2024 by Workers Author