Stacey fires dominant Meath into the final
STACEY Grimes fired 1-7 as Meath worked their way past Roscommon, 3-18 to 2-5, to reach the county’s first TG4 All-Ireland intermediate final, where Tyrone await in the September 16th decider.
This victory was as comprehensive as the scoreline suggests. Meath got off to a flying start with a point from captain Niamh O’Sullivan before late call up Fiona O’Neill ended a fluid move in the seventh minute with a second score. A Stacey Grimes free made it 0-3 to 0-0 after eight minutes.
Meath were rampant at that stage, and it took a storming run from Jenny Higgins to break the Meath cover, and her pass was palmed to the net by Laura Fleming. Meath replied with three quick points, with Grimes, O’Sullivan and Niamh Gallogly all on target. When they backed it up with Marion Farrelly’s goal after 18 minutes Meath were well on the road to victory.
Three minutes later O’Neill bagged a goal of her own which meant Meath had a 2-9 to 1-1 half-time lead. A Grimes free and another Wall score had Meath in control after the restart. Alice Kelly struck Roscommon’s second goal in the 42nd minute, but Grimes converted a penalty.