Dublin’s come­back does for Meath

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Gaelic Games -

Dublin pro­duced a won­der­ful come­back to over­come Meath by 1-15 to 1-13 in ex­tra time in their first-round clash at Par­nell Park on Satur­day.

The vis­i­tors dom­i­nated the first half and en­joyed a de­served 1-10 to 0-3 in­ter­val lead with Conor Freyne’s op­por­tunis­tic goal in the 17th minute aug­ment­ing three points from play by the lively Jor­dan Mor­ris.

Two points from Ciarán Archer within two min­utes of the restart of­fered Dublin a de­gree of mo­men­tum and with Meath a pale shadow of the vi­brant, at­tack­ing unit from the first half, the hosts en­joyed a mo­nop­oly on pos­ses­sion.

They were re­warded for their con­trol through points from the ex­cel­lent James Do­ran and Ross McGarry and with Meath re­stricted to just one sec­ond-half point, Dublin forced ex­tra t i me t i me through a 56th-minute goal by Do­ran and sub­se­quent points by Do­ran and Mark Tracey.

Dublin main­tained their con­trol in ex­tra-time and with Meath man­ag­ing just two frees by Shane Walsh, a McGarry free and three scores from Archer proved piv­otal.

Dig deep

Hold­ers Kil­dare were forced to dig deep when over­com­ing Car­low by 2-13 to 0-9 at Net­watch Cullen Park. The vis­i­tors held a nar­row 0-10 to 0-8 in­ter­val lead and only con­firmed their win thanks to late goals by Jack Bar­rett and David Kelly.

There was an­other away win in Port­laoise as Ben Mooney and John Gal­lagher net­ted in Louth’s 2-11 to 0-15 ex­tra-time vic­tory over Laois.

Else­where, Longford beat Wick­low by 1-19 to 3-8 while Cían John­ston and Conor Ly­nam shared nine points in Of­faly’s 0-13 to 1-4 home win over West­meath.

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