Offaly minors edged out by Meath in Navan nail biter

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Offaly minors edged out by Meath in Navan nail biter

Offaly minors edged out by Meath in Navan nail biter

Meath 1-13

Offaly 1-12

The Offaly minor footballers narrowly missed out on collecting their third victory of the Leinster Football Championship after a Titanic battle with Meath in Navan on Wednesday evening, June 27.

In blistering heat, Offaly were stifled from the start and took 17 minutes to register their first score, but they then raced back into the contest, making it a ding-dong battle to the end. 

Meath raced into an early lead and were 0-4 to 0-0 up midway through the first half. Aaron Kellaghan stopped the rot with a point for Offaly on 17 minutes. A Sean Courtney brace and Enda Coughlan point saw Offaly level on 24 minutes.

Meath then kicked five unanswered points to go in at half-time with a commanding lead on their home patch. 

As the second half resumed, Offaly kicked on again with the impressive Sean Courtney narrowing the deficit on 35 minutes after Meath had nabbed the first score of the half. Courtney grabbed another on 40 minutes and Aaron Kellaghan followed him with a white flag on 44 minutes, putting the game right back in the melting pot. 

Meath found another couple of points to keep the gap at four but it was game on with ten minutes to play when Bracknagh's Mikey Cunningham found the net, making it 0-12 to 1-8. 

Jack Bryant levelled proceedings on 52 minutes and Morgan Tynan kicked Offaly to the lead shortly afterwards. Meath were a tough nut to crack, and having beaten the Dubs already this summer, their tails were up and they roared back into it. 

They hit the net on 58 minutes but an Aaron Kellaghan point meant Meath led by the minimum, 1-13 to 1-12 entering injury time. 

Offaly just ran out of time in the end and Meath held on to their one-point advantage to record another victory. 

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