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Minor shock as fancied Offaly team ousted by Meath

Rory McNamee is fouled off this ball by Meath's Anthony Neary in the Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship quarter-final at O'Connor Park. Picture: Jeff Harvey/HR Photo

Rory McNamee is fouled off this ball by Meath's Anthony Neary in the Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship quarter-final at O'Connor Park. Picture: Jeff Harvey/HR Photo

CRUCIAL goals at the start of each half for Meath were the critical scores in this Leinster minor football championship quarter final, as the final scoreline told only half the story of this end-to-end match.

Electric Ireland Leinster MFC quarter-final

Offaly 1-8

Meath 3-11

Both sides had plenty of goal chances playing on the immaculate O’Connor Park surface, but Meath took their chances while Offaly missed theirs and that, more than any other single factor, was responsible for Meath’s advancement to a Leinster semi-final meeting with Westmeath.

Offaly started each half brightly, registering the first two points of each moiety, but on each occasion Meath responded to that opening burst with a goal to switch the momentum of the match, and while the final score of the game suggested that this was a one sided game, Offaly had enough good moments to suggest that they could have been a lot closer if they got a few more breaks at the right times.

See this Tuesday’s OFfaly Express for full report

 

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