A comprehensive win over Meath sees the Dublin U20 Footballers back in another Eirgrid Leinster Final

Leinster Semi FInal - Dublin v Meath

Dublin 2-14
Meath 0-07

Another strong performance by Dublin’s U20 football panel sees them advance to this year’s Leinster Final, where they’ll face Laois in a repeat of last year’s decider.

Dublin have now managed to reach every provincial final since the competition at this grade was created three years ago. And Tom Gray’s men now have the chance of winning back to back provincial crowns.

The foundation for Dublin’s win yesterday was laid early as they ended the first half a comfortable 1-08 to 0-03. Meath had lost senior star Shane Walsh to injury in the lead up to the game which hugely affected their attack.

Inside eight minutes Dublin had registered 1-04 without reply. An opening score from Kieran McKeon was followed by the opening goal. A Ciaran Archer angled drive found the net giving Dublin their first goal.

Meath’s return in the first half all came from dead balls, as their attack lacked any structure. Mark Lavin added two more scores for Dublin before the break giving them a more than healthy cushion.

Within three minutes of the restart, Lorcan O’Dell opened up the Meath defence and finished perfectly to extend Dublin’s lead to 2-08 to 0-03. Meath keeper Sean Brennan saved some of his sides blushes, stopping Ciaran Archers goal attempt by the end of the third quarter. Padraig Purcell, who was a second half substitute, added a brace of scores. And in the end Meath had nothing to offer, leaving Dublin comfortable winners.

Scorers for Dublin:

Ciaran Archer 1-02
Lorcan O’Dell 1-02
Evan Caulfield 0-03
Mark Lavin 0-02
Kieran McKeon 0-02
Padraig Purcell 0-02
Luke Swan 0-01

Scorers for Meath:

Luke Mitchell 0-02 (2f)
Liam Byrne 0-01 (1f)
Jordan Morris 0-01 (1f)
Daithi McGow 0-01
Matthew Costello 0-01
Cian Rogers 0-01

Dublin:

1. Josh O’Neill
2. Alan Murphy
3. Adam Rafter
4. Josh Bannon
5. Rory Dwyer
6. Adam Waddick
7. Lee Gannon
8. Killian McGinnis
9. Evan Caulfield
10. Mark Lavin
11. Lorcan O’Dell
12. Sean Foran
13. Ciaran Archer
14. Luke Swan
15. Kieran McKeon

Dublin Substitutes:

22. Padraig Purcell for McGinnis (41)
23. Adam Fearon for Caulfield (48)
21. Stephen Braiden O’Byrne for Gannon (53)
17. Conor Tyrrell for Murphy (57)
18. Conor Kinsella for Rafter (59)

Meath:

1. Sean Brennan
2. Michael Gavin
3. James O’Hare
4. Ben Wyer
5. Cathal Hickey
6. Liam Byrne
7. Michael Murphy
8. Jack Flynn
9. Daithi McGow
10. Matthew Costello
11. Cian Rogers
12. Jack O’Connor
13. Jordan Morris
19. Luke Mitchell
15. Aaron Lynch

Meath Substitutes:

18. Conor Farrelly for Murphy (36)
22. Dylan Keating for Rogers (40)
24. Paddy Matthews for O’Connor (53)