It was a case of moving weekend in a truncated and condensed Meath Intermediate football championship. A sun drenched Simonstown provided the ideal backdrop for the second round round Group D clash between Duleek/Bellewstown and Oldcastle. Duleek/Bellewstown came into the fixture buoyed by a strong comeback against Ballinabrackey which saw them snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat whilst Oldcastle suffered a defeat against Syddan. As a result both sides came into last night’s fixture knowing they simply had to win to stay alive in this years championship.
Oldcastle started much the brighter and were much sharper in thought and deed in the opening quarter three minutes in a good ball from Paddy Rahill was moved forwards by Pearse Sheridan to the waiting Jason Scully who took a lovely point.
The Duleek Bellewstown kickout was brought down by Darren Hawdon, who fed his brother Colin who passed to Conor Delaney who set Scully up for his second score.
The Cavan border crew were three to the good before John McDonnell opened the winners account, and three further points saw them race four clear after John Flood had kicked a free for the east Meath men,
Further scores from Scully stretched the lead to six before the first half turning point arrived in the shape of a Duleek/Bellewstown goal.
A neat Robin Clarke through ball found Shane Crosby who provided a deft hand pass to the onrushing John McDonnell who neatly finished to the back of the Oldcastle net.
The winners led by 1-7 to 0-9 at the interval.
The second half opened with another John Flood free before Padraig Howard swung over a lovely point off his right foot to make the score 1-9 to 0-9 to Duleek/Bellewstown.
Anthony Dowling then pulled off a point blank to deny Hawdon before he launched a booming kick out which found John Flood in space and he advanced forward and tacked on the score of the match to leave the score at 1-10 to 0-10.
The goalkeeper’s luck changed moments later though when he was deceived by an Oran O’Reilly lob and fumbled it to the net for an own goal.
However that proved to be the Oldcastle sides last score, and the winners eased away to secure their first championship victory of the season.
Duleek; A Dowling, D McCabe, K McCann, S McArdle, C Ryan, B Moore, R Clarke, S Crosby (0-1), J Flaherty, P Howard (0-1), J Flood (0-7), K Byrne, J McDonnell (1-02), M Collins (0-3), C Flynn, Subs used: J Crosby, O Miland, C Regan, D Moore, J Hartford
Oldcastle; Packie Kevin, Louis Colleran, Cian McPartland, Barry Curran, Oran O’Reilly, Paddy Rahill, Stephen Lawless, Ger Reidy (0-01), Daire McEnroe, Darren Hawdon, Conor Delaney, Keith Connell, Colin Hawdon (0-02), Pearse Sheridan (0-01), Jason Scully (0-06). Subs: Ronan Maguire, Stephen Tierney, Mossy Flood, Robbie Farrelly, CJ Healy (0-01). Goal was an OG