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Half Time: Meath 0-09 v Westmeath 0-01
Full Time: Meath 0-13 v Westmeath 1-03
On a wet and blustery afternoon, Meath clinched their first 3 points of their Leinster campaign with a comfortable win over Westmeath in Dunganny on Saturday last. Ashling O’Reilly was outstanding scoring eight points of Meath’s total tally of thirteen points, and was certainly one in contention for the player of the match award.
The game opened brightly and for the first twenty minutes Meath had most of the possession. Pushing last week’s disappointing outing against Dublin out of their minds, Laura Gilsenan opened the scoring with a point from long range. O’Reilly then took over scoring duties and added two points, one from play, the other from a free just inside the 21′ to make it three points to no score inside ten minutes. Westmeath then replied with a point of their own, their only score of the first half. O’Reilly continued her dominance in the forwards by adding three points in succession. However, loose defending in the backs allowed Westmeath an excellent shot on goal, but keeper Ciara Dixon pulled off a remarkable save that Senior Ladies captain Irene Munnelly would have been impressed with.
No sooner had Westmeath a goal chance denied, than it was the same case at the other end. A well passed ball found Samantha Monaghan with only the keeper to beat, but the Westmeath keeper was equal to the challenge and she gathered it well from Monaghan and passed it safely out of danger. Moments later, Robyn Kinsella was unlucky too as her shot came off the goalpost, across the goal mouth and wide.
Meath continued the onslaught for the remainder of the half, with O’Reilly, Kinsella, Gilsenan (2nd point), and Megan O’Brien all adding scores. However, the Meath girls will rue their chances missed as they hit 14 wides in the opening half. Despite this, Meath were comfortably ahead at half time, 0-09 to 0-01.
On the resumption, Meath restarted on a much quieter note, putting in two wides early in the half. However, Meath were shaken from their slumber when Westmeath hit the back of the net. For the remainder of the game, Meath played on the edge, hoping to last the sixty minutes ahead. Mid way through the half O’Reilly pointed again, followed by a team effort of passing to Siobhain Sheridan who scored from long range. Although Westmeath pointed twice again in the half, it was Meath who ended the game the stronger with O’Reilly kicking a further brace of points.
Meath were best served by O’Reilly, Rebecca Considine, Blathnaid Keogh, Maire O Shaughnessy, Laura Gilsenan and Vivienne McCormack. They will now prepare for next Saturday’s home game against Kildare.
Meath Team & Scorers: C.Dixon, G.Galligan, H.Lawless, A.Smith, B.Keogh, R.Considine (capt.), A.Fagan, M.O’Shaughnessy, S.Sheridan (0-01), M.O’Brien(0-01), A.O’Reilly(0-08), L.Ginsenan (0-02), R.Kinshella (0-01), S.Monaghan, V.McCormack.
Subs: Brenda O’Sullivan for Galligan, Ailibhe McHugh for McCormack, Grainne Rice for Smith, Jeannie Donnelly for Monaghan, McCormack for Kinsella. S.Hegarty, L.Young, A.Kenny, S.Caffrey, A.McLoughlin, I.Farrelly, N.Collins.
Referee: M.O Flaherty (Dublin)

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