Parnell Park witnessed another thriller as the Dublin Minors got one over on the Royals

Dublin Minors - Leinster Championship

Dublin 4-10
Meath 2-10

Dublin’s defeat to Meath in last year’s Leinster Minor Football Championship was wiped clean last night as the boys in blue got their 2019 Championship up and running. The Royals arrived confident to Parnell Park last night and both sides gave the crowd a truly entertaining hour of football. But two second half goals were vital as Dublin claimed victory in Round 1.

Meath made the ideal start to the game in the second minute when Aaron Chinchilla worked a one-two with Josh Carolan before firing to the net. Sean Kinsella raised a green flag for Dublin in the sixth minute as the game swung one way and back the other.

Ballymun’s Robbie Bolger got Dublin’s second goal In the 13th minute following good work by Senan Forker. But just inside the last third of the session Meath carved open the Dublin defence for David Bell to score a vital goal.

With the sides 2-06 a piece at half time the game could have went either way, and Meath started the second session the better. Dublin did have an early goal chance but Senan Forkers shot was well saved by Meath keeper Dean Pluck. And the scores from David Bell and Eoghan Frayne pushed Meath’s noses in front.

Luck and hard work swings Dublin ahead

Dublin got themselves some luck halfway through the second phase when a Fionn Murray free rebounded down from the upright to be met by Ballyboden St Endas Ryan O’Dwyer who made no mistake and rocketed the ball past Pluck into the net to give Dublin a two score advantage.

And it was that advantage Dublin never let hold of. The closing stages of the game were froth with turnovers as both teams played loose. But substitutes Luke Swan, who’s no stranger to this competition, and Tom Brennan had a massive impact on the game. Swan finished the game on a personal tally of 1-01. And it could have been more, but he was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty.

Pearse Sheridan pointed for Meath in the last quarter and there was only one score between the sides. Thankfully Dublin were not done and drove the game home in the final few minutes. Murray converted another free. And when Luke Curran, son of Dublin legend Paul, found Swan waiting for an opening he made no mistake in sending the ball over. But Swan wasn’t finished.

In the 59th, the Castleknock man again showcased his keen eye for the goal, finishing the game in Dublin’s favour.

Dublin Scorers:

Ryan O’Dwyer 1-02
Fionn Murray 0-04 (3f)
Sean Kinsella 1-01
Luke Swan 1-01
R Bolger 1-00
Alex Rogers
David O’Dowd 0-01

Meath Scorers:

D Bell 1-01
N Finnerty 0-03
A Chinchilla 1-00
P Sheridan 0-02
E Frayne 0-02 (2f)
B Thompson 0-02(2f)

Dublin:

1. Hugh O’Sullivan
2. Conor Tyrell
3. Ben Millst
4. Conor Archer
5. Alex Watson
6. Senan Forker
7. Jack Lundy
8. Luke Murphy-Guinane
9. David O’Dowd
10. Ryan O’Dwyer
11. Sean Kinsella
12. Alex Rogers
13. Robbie Bolger
14. Fionn Murray
15. Dara Fagan

Dublin Substitutes:

22. Luke Swan for Rogers (HT)
21. Tom Brennan for Fagan (40)
23. Luke Curran for Bolger (50)
19. Kieran Conroy for Forker (51)
20. Harry Colclough for Murphy-Guinane (60)
17. Eoin Gannon for Archer (63)

Meath:

Dean Pluck
Jamie Fagan
A King
H Corscadden
H Ryan
A Chinchilla
C Caulfield
J Carolan
C Hegarty
E Corrigan
N Finnerty
E Frayne
P Sheridan
B Thompson
D Bell

Meath Substitutes:

S Smyth for Corrigan (23)
E Ehichoya for Corscadden (46)
S O’Donoghue for Ryan (48)