Meath make sure of top spot in their group
Meath 2-11 Offaly 1-8
Meath made sure of top spot in their group with their win over Offaly in the Gerry Reilly Leinster U16 FT Round 3 game played in Ballyfore, Co Offaly on Saturday morning. Both teams adapted well to the changed conditions with the earlier rain. Early on Meath led by 0-4 to 0-2 and it was Meath that drove on to lead at the break by 0-7 to 0-2.
Offaly made a great start to the second half with a pointed free and an Arron Byrne goal to leave the minimum between the sides. Meath’s Niall Finnerty coverted a penalty after Barry Thompson was fouled in the square put Meath up by up by 4 points at this stage. When Aitzol King got Meath’s second goal, it was always going to be difficult for Offaly. They did score 4 unanswered points to make a real fight of it. However it was Meath that finished the strongest with 2 late points from Pearse Sheridan.
Meath now play the runner up of Group D in the Quarter Final.
Scorers for Meath: Nill Finnerty (1-1, penalty), Brry Thompson (0-4,2f), Pearse Sheridan (0-4,1f), Aitzol King (1-0),Shane Smyth 90-1), Harry Corscadden (0-1,f)
Scorers for Offaly: Arron Byrne (1-1), James Nolan (0-3), Jay Sheerin (0-3), Fionn Dempsey (0-1)
Meath: Dean Pluck Ballinabrackey, Marc Donnelly (Ratoath), James McGovern (Drumbaragh), Harry Corscadden Meath Hill, Abdul Olaosebikan (St Patrick’s), Brian Cassidy (Kilmainhamwood), Cian McGlynn (Carnaross), Harry Ryan (Ballinlough), Endy Ehichoya (St Colmcilles), Evan Corrigan (Wolfe Tones), Pearse Sheridan (Oldcastle), Shane Smyth (Skryne), Niall Finnerty (Skryne), Barry Thompson (Ballinabrackey), Aaron Chinchilla (Simonstown)
Subs: Peter Brennan (Trim), Lee Walsh (Dunderry), Rodney Jones (Donaghmore/Ashbourne), Cian Flynn (St Colmcille’s), Jamie O’Shea (Summerhill), Conor Ownes (Meath Hill), Jamie Browne Donaghmore Ashbourne, Oisin Miland (Duleek/Bellewstown), Jamie Flynn (Walterstown), Darren Connell (Oldcastle), Josh Carolan (Simonstown), Aaron Chinchilla (Simonstown), Evan Quinn Donaghmore/Ashbourne, Aitzol King
Referee: Fintan Pierce (Offaly)