Louth get better of Meath and make Joe Sheridan pick out of his net

Meath go 30 minutes without a score as Jim McEneanay penalty secures the victory

Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup Round 3, Stradbally, Co. Laois 14/1/2017Laois vs MeathMeath goalkeeper Joe SheridanMandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup Round 3, Stradbally, Co. Laois 14/1/2017Laois vs MeathMeath goalkeeper Joe SheridanMandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

 

Louth 1-14 Meath 0-10

In what was a full-blooded encounter Louth enjoyed a rare success over 14-man Meath to set up an O’Byrne Cup final date with Dublin at Pairc Tailteann yesterday.

The match lacked quality for the most part but that was more than compensated for by an abundance of incidents and talking points.

Referee David Moore (Laois) was kept busy throughout and he flashed one red card, two black and eight yellows over the course of a hard-fought encounter.

There was also an appearance by substitute ‘keeper Joe Sheridan in the closing stages which brought about the biggest cheer of the day.

However Sheridan’s first task was to pick the ball out of his own net after he replaced Jack Hannigan who was black carded for an off the ball foul on Sam Mulroy which resulted in a Louth penalty.

It took Louth 15 minutes to get off the mark through midfielder Tommy Durnin but they were level at 0-4 each by the 32nd minute - and eventually led 0-6 to 0-4 at the break.

The Wee County finished the half strongly with the last four points after the hosts had been reduced to 14 men.

The dismissal of wing back Alan Forde came following a skirmish involving several players. Louth’s Durnin also received a yellow card.

Louth defended their lead by crowding out their own half of the field, Meath had gone a full 30 minutes since their last score.

By the time Bryan McMahon raised a white flag, Louth had shot four further points to tighten their grip on proceedings.

Substitutes Sam Mulroy and Jim McEneaney added scoring power to a previous wasteful Louth attack when introduced.

The introduction of Conor Downey and Cillian O’Sullivan brought about a mini revival for Meath and they had reduced the deficit to two points, 0-10 to 0-8, by the 56th minute.

However Louth were not going to be denied on this occasion and they extended their lead back to five before Jim McEneanay made certain of victory when smashing that penalty kick past the despairing Sheridan.

MEATH: J Hannigan; D McQuillan, D Keogan, S Curran; S Lavin, B Power, A Forde; B Menton (0-1), C O’Brien (0-1); R O Coileain (0-3, 0-2fs), G Reilly, E Wallace (0-1); K Ross, P Kennelly, S Tobin (0-1, 45). Subs: C McGill for Curran (32); C Downey (0-2) for Lavin (38); C O’Sullivan for Ross (40); B McMahon (0-1f) for Tobin (40); S McEntee for O Coileain (BC, 58); D Lenihan for Wallace (64); J Sheridan for Hannigan (BC, 67).

LOUTH: C Lynch; P Rath, P Reilly, K Carr; D Maguire (0-3), L Dullaghan, A Williams (0-1); T Durnin (0-2), A McDonnell (0-2); D Byrne (0-1), P Smith (0-1), B Duffy; C McKeever, R Carroll, G McSorley. Subs: J McEneaney (1-1, 1-0 pen) for Carroll (31); S Mulroy (0-3,0-1f, 0-1 45) for McSorley (38); J Bingham for Reilly (50); A Reid for McKeever ((59); J Stewart for Dullaghan (64); R Nally for Smith (67); J Califf for Durnin (69).

Referee: D Moore (Laois)

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.