Monaghan 0-20 Meath 0-08

Updated: Sunday, 09 Feb 2014 19:12 | Comments

Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke
Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke


A rampant Monaghan proved far too potent for a disappointing Meath in this quite one-sided affair Allianz FL Division 2 tie in Clones.

Conditions on the day were difficult with a strong biting wind and heavy intermittent showers leaving handling and footwork difficult, which did lead to mistakes but this was still a game that produced some fine passages of play although all from Monaghan.

The home side got off to a flying start and the opening quarter was the Conor McManus show as he fired over a few excellent points from a range of distances and angles to help Monaghan settle into their rhythm.

Christopher McGuinness, Thomas Kerr, Jack McCarron and Fintan Kelly also got in on the act as Monaghan racked up an eight points lead by the 24th minute before Meath opened their account through Cillian O'Sullivan in the 25th minute. 

That in fact turned out to be their only score of the first half as the
Monaghan defence had the no through road signs up and thwarted a series of raids with Meath then forced to shoot from further out but to no avail. 

Christopher McGuinness, Conor McManus, with two and a brace from Thomas Kerr saw the Farney finish the half strongly to lead 0-13 to 0-01 at the break.

Meath did put in an improved performance in the second-half, moving Kevin Reilly to midfield and Shane O'Rourke to full-forward as well as emptying their bench.

However they found the home defence still in resolute mood and while they did register seven points in the second period they failed to raise a green flag that might have kick-started a stronger 
revival and they were a well beaten side in the end. 

Monaghan: R Begga 0-03 (1f, '45s x2), R Wylie, D Wylie, F Kelly 0-01, K Duffy, C Walshe, C Boyle, G Doogan, P Finlay, T Kerr 0-02, C McManus 0-07 (3f), P Keenan, D Malone, J McCarron 0-05 (1f), C McGuinness 0-02. 

Subs: K Hughes for T Kerr, S Gollogly for C McGuinness, S Smyth for C McManus, K O'Connell for C Walshe.

Meath: P O'Rourke, D Keoghan, K Reilly, M Burke, P Harnan, B Menton, D Dalton, A Tormey, S O'Rourke 0-01, C O'Sullivan 0-01, D Carroll, G Reilly, E Wallace, S Bray 0-01 (f), M Newman 0-02 (1f, '45). 

Subs: D Bray 0-01 for G Reilly, E Harrington 0-01 for E Wallace, D Larkin 0-01 for C O'Sullivan, C Sheridan for A Tormey, B McMahon for D Carroll, P Gilsenan for S Bray.

Referee: C Brannigan (Down).

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