What a game the large and enthusiastic crowd were treated to in the Gerry Reilly Leinster U16 FT Cup Final played in Millbrook, Oldcastle on Sunday evening. The stage was set for a thrilling final and that’s what we got.
Cavan’s Daryl McGurren got the opening score with a lovely point. Meath’s Cillian Hegarty pointed for Meath and Niall Finnerty and Barry Thompson followed up with pointed frees to put Meath ahead. Meath had the advantage of the wind, but Cavan were putting a lot of pressure on the Meath backs. Points from Daryl McGurren and Finntan O’Reilly (f) had the sides level again at 0-3 each.
In the 18th minute Niall Finnerty pointed from a free to put Meath up again. Meath were creating goal chances, but were thwarted by great saves from Cavan’s ‘keeper, Brian O’Rourke’ The crucial score of the half was Evan Corrigan’s goal that stretched Meath’s lead, which helped them lead by 6 points at the break.
H/T: Meath 1-7 Cavan 0-4
A super goal to the Meath net by Finntan O’Reilly brought Cavan right back into it. It was nip and tuck between the sides with movements from one end of the field to the other at terrific pace.
It was Evan Corrigan’s second goal to give Meath the lead at 2-9 to 1-7 that gave Meath the initiative at this stage. Cavan never gave up and were putting a lot of pressure on the Meath backs.
They did get the last 4 points to close the gap, but failed to get a needed goal to increase the pressure on Meath.
The game was a tribute to both sides and played at a hectic pace and great commitment and skill on display.