Starlights sur­ren­der

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Gaelic Games | Club Championships -

Meath cham­pi­ons Si­mon­stown Gaels cruised to a com­fort­able seven-point vic­tory over a dis­ap­point­ing Starlights at Wex­ford Park yes­ter­day.

The two-in-a-row Meath cham­pi­ons took con­trol of this game from the out­set, rac­ing into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead in­side six min­utes.

The home side had to wait un­til the 11th minute for their open­ing score, an Alan Tobin point.

The Meath side scored the game’s only goal at the end of first quar­ter, when Sean Tobin fin­ished af­ter a sweep­ing four-man move, putting his side 1-4 to 0-2 ahead.

Si­mon­stown looked com­fort­able lead­ing 1-5 to 0-4 at the in­ter­val.

Failed re­cov­ery

The ex­pected Starlights sec­ond-half re­cov­ery failed to ma­te­ri­alise. The vis­i­tors re­mained in con­trol with Shane O’Rourke and James Kil­cullen dom­i­nant in mid­field. Pa­trick McKeever and Ricky Fox ex­changed early points but it was Si­mon­stown who led 1-8 to 0-5 af­ter 44 min­utes. Boosted by two quick Ryan Ma­hon points in the clos­ing stages, Starlights man­aged to raise their game, but it was the vis­i­tors who marched into the next round.

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