Derry ran out winners of the Church and General National Football League title this evening, beating Meath by 1-08 to 0-09 at Clones. The All-Ireland champions, who were without the suspended Graham Geraghty, looked subdued during the first half, and it was surprising that they went into the break only 2 points down.

Derry on the other hand were much sharper and got just reward with a goal from Anthony Tohill after 11 minutes. Tohill received a pass from Paddy Bradley, shrugged off a heavy charge, and buried the ball into the Meath net with a finish that was far better than his great score in last week’s final.

In the second half, Meath who were relying heavily on long balls forward to Ollie Murphy, found it almost impossible to breach the deep Derry defence, and only managed to score one more point. Both sides squandered a lot of chances, kicking many wides. But Derry, who looked at times as though they did not wish to score, increased their lead with two further points, which proved just enough to secure the title.