Late dismissals end Derry’s hopes in Navan

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Late dismissals end Derry’s hopes in Navan thumbnailAction from the Derry v Meath Division 2A game at the weekend.

MEATH.......................................2-19 DERRY.....................................0-16

IN the end, the final score line was pretty harsh on the efforts of Derry hurlers against Christy Ring champions Meath at Pairc Tealtainn Navan on Sunday.
Derry looked in with every chance of an upset when it all unravelled in the second half. It got over physical and it finished with Derry having three players sent off and Meath one by Westmeath referee Alfie Devine.
Meath were overwhelming favourites having beaten Down by 4-21 to 1-10 the previous week and they were even stronger for this game having the services of dual star James Toher. Derry, on the other hand, were minus Brian Og McGilligan, Paul Cleary and Paddy Henry from the victory away to Mayo seven days earlier. In came Liam Hinphey, Darragh Cartin and John O'Dwyer.
Kevin Hinphey was dismissed ten minutes into the second half for a challenge on Meath goal scorer Adam Gannon. At that stage, Derry had come from three points down at half time to take the lead. At the three quarter stage, with the game still up for grabs, John O'Dwyer and Meath's Keith Keoghan got red carded after a melee along the sideline involving a number of players from both teams. Eugene McGuckin picked up a second yellow in the closing sages when the game had gone from Derry.


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