Another chapter in an age old rivalry as Dublin will meet Meath in the O’Byrne Cup Semi Final

O'Byrne Cup - Dublin v Meath

Dublin v Meath
Saturday, January 12th. 7:00pm
Parnell Park, Dublin

Only a few weeks after Dublin’s Senior Footballers lost to Meath in a challenge game to raise funds for the injured Sean Cox, today we know their paths will cross again. This time for a place in the Bord Na Mona O’Byrne Cup Football Final. Dublin will have home advantage this time around as Parnell Park will host the fixture.

Meath qualified for next weeks Semi Final clash following a 1-20 to 1-13 victory over Wexford this afternoon in Enniscorthy. This added to their opening round win over Laois was enough to recover from their defeat by Longford to advance. Meath led by 0-04 at half time and a second half goal by Sean Tobin propelled Any McEntee’s side to a comfortable win.

Elsewhere in the competition Longford and Louth shared a 1-16 a piece draw In Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. This was enought for Longford to advance to the other Semi Final, and they’ll be joined by either Kildare or Westmeath depending on tomorrow’s final games.

Dublin start fresh in the last four

Dublin were seeded in this year’s competition, and next weekends Semi Final will be the first competitive outing for 2018. And with many of the Senior panel still abroad, it’ll be another chance for Jim Gavin and Paul Clarke to assess the younger talent in the ranks, just like previous years.

In the annual Dubs Stars challenge held at Naomh Barrog on December 22nd, Fingallians Oisin Lynch topped the scoring for Dublin against the Dublin Bus/Herald selection. Lynch was a member of the Dublin All Ireland winning U21 side in 2017 and is sure to be on the radar of the senior management. Also that day Conor McHugh registered 1-05 in an impressive performance.

So next Saturday is certainly something to look forward, especially with it being a Dublin v Meath tie.