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Dublin 0-14 Meath 1-05

Updated: Sunday, 23 Sep 2012 14:46

Cormac Costello was fantastic for Dublin
Cormac Costello was fantastic for Dublin

Dublin won their first All-Ireland Minor Football Championship title since 1984 with an efficient 0-14 to 1-05 dismissal of Leinster rivals Meath at Croke Park.

Cormac Costello nailed four points as the Dubs moved into a 0-07 to 0-02 interval lead over a defensive Royals side.

Fiachra Ward netted a 43rd minute penalty to narrow the gap to a point, but Dublin resumed control to cruise to victory with scores from Niall Scully, Niall Walsh, Shane Carthy and Costello.

The game was less than a minute old when Dublin goalkeeper Lorcan Molloy had to react smartly to deny Ward with a fine save.

But any suggestion that the Royals were to stamp their attacking authority on the game was quickly dispelled as they retreated into a defensive set-up in a bid to thwart a Dublin side that had swamped them by 12 points in the Leinster final.

The Dubs were also adept at flooding bodies back when not in possession, but they were much more positive in their offensive strategy, and soon saw the rewards clock up on the scoreboard.

After Ward had edged Meath ahead from a free, Dublin reeled off three points, including a majestic effort from wing back Eric Lowndes.

Cian O’Sullivan, isolated as a lone front man, was fighting a losing battle against excellent full back David Byrne, but did manage to plunder a 12th minute point to narrow the gap.

But the Metropolitans began to find gaps in the massed defence of their opponents for Shane Carthy and Cormac Costello to fire over points, with the latter also knocking over a couple of frees as they moved into a 0-07 to 0-02 interval lead.

But the Royals tweaked their approach after the break, with substitutes Patrick Kennelly and Harry Rooney making a contribution to a more positive approach.

And they narrowed the gap to a single point when Ward smashed home a penalty, awarded for a foul on Kennelly in the 43rd minute.

But last year’s beaten finalists stepped up the tempo once again, reeling off another string of stylish points.

Costello was the creative force for Niall Scully to clip over a couple of neat efforts, while midfielder Shane Carthy stroked over two long range frees.

Now they were finding space to exploit, and could have racked up an even bigger tally, but for some careless finishing.

Dessie Farrell’s side were totally dominant in the final 20 minutes, restricting their opponents to a single point, scored by James McEntee in stoppage time, and it the destination of the Tom Markham Cup was evident long before the finish.

Dublin scorers: C Costello 0-05 (4f), S Carthy 0-03 (2f), N Scully, N Walsh 0-02 each, E Lowndes, D Campbell 0-01 each.

Meath scorers: F Ward 1-02 (1 pen, 2f), J McEntee, C O’Sullivan, P Kennelly 0-01 each.

Dublin: L Molloy, E Mullan, D Byrne, R McGowan, E Lowndes, C Mulally, M MacDonncha, Stephen Cunningham, S Carthy, R Gaughan, N Scully, N Walsh, C McHugh, C Costello, G Burke.

Subs: Shane Cunningham for Gaughan, D Gormley for Burke, D Campbell for Walsh, M Deegan for Scully

Meath: R Burlingham, R O Coileáin, B Power, S Gallagher, D Smyth, P Harnan, S Lavin, S McEntee, A Flanagan, C O'Sullivan, J Daly, J McEntee, B Dardis, F Ward, S Coogan.

Subs: P Kennelly for Dardis, H Rooney for Coogan, C Carton for Smyth, C O Griofa for Ward, C O’Brien for Daly

Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry)

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