Meath beat Galway with last gasp winner in Navan

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Updated: July 9, 2011

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Meath 0-11 Galway 0-10

Battling Meath produced yet another of their trademark come backs to deny Galway in  a dramatic Round 2 Qualifier at Páirc Tailteann Navan.

Stephen Bray bagged the winner for the Royals deep in injury time in a frenetic finish which saw the lead change hands repeatedly.

Meath had looked to be on the verge of a bitterly disappointing defeat  as they failed to score until the 30th minute of the second half.

Meath had lead by 0-08 to 0-04 at Half time and had dominated possession in the opening half only for poor shooting to hinder their efforts.

Galway had looked inept and bereft of ideas in the opening period but came out transformed after the break. Gareth Bradshaw, Matthew Clancy and the irrepressible Padraic Joyce all starred for the Tribesmen as they worked their way into a one point lead with only a minute remaining.

Alas, Meath played their “Get out of jail Card” and Brian Farrell equalised late on before Stephen Bray broke Galway hearts with the winner.

Meath will be delighted to emerge unscathed from this fixture and will count themselves fortunate to progress.

Meath 0-11 0-10 Galway
Full Time Meath displaying great character to dig the win out. They should have been out of sight at half time but all credit to Galway for a stirring second half comeback. They will be disgusted not to at least have brought it into Extra Time. Meath March on.
Full Time
72mins Brendan Murphy great save for Meath. Could be decisive. Should Galway have taken the point instead?
71mins Stephen Bray point. The winner?
70mins Point for Brian Farrell.
69mins Seamus Kenny strong run up the wing but Johnny Duane recovers for Galway as they play keep ball.
67mins Duane with the point for Galway.
66mins Padraic Joyce gathers possession well and its held well by Galway before it drops weakly into keepers hands.
65minsGraham Reilly point and believe it or not that is Meath’s first score in the second half. Shocking statistic for them to ponder.
64mins Double sub: Eoghan Reilly and Nigel Crawford on for a struggling Meath.
64minsHigh ball in taken by Kevin Reilly who has done well at full back for Meath.
63mins Galway take the lead. Matthew Clancy with the score. He deserves that for his display today.
62mins Gareth Bradshaw with the equalizer.
61mins Paul Grimley and Seamus McEneaney looking worried as they discuss matters with Trevor Giles on the line. Dreadful 2nd half from Meath thus far.
59mins Yellow Card for Brian Meade. Point for Padraic Joyce. Great catch and kick, Pure class.
56minsSubstitution: Eoin Concannon on for Galway as Joe Sheridan kicks a bad wide for Meath. Poor effort by the big man.
55mins Substitution: Cian Ward taken off as Mark Ward takes his place. Strange move really taking off Cian Ward after his display against Louth the last time out. Meath still to score in 2nd half.
55mins Galway have lifted their game.
54minsSubstitution: Joe Bergin taken off for Galway.
48mins Big cheer for Galway fans as Bane slots a score. 2 point game now.
47minsWide by Gareth Bradshaw.7 wides for the Maroon and White clad men.
46minsSubstitution: Brian Farrell is on at full forward for Paddy O’ Rourke.
45mins Brilliant defending by Galway. Free out for them as Meath overplayed their hand there. Bray and Ward both had chances to shoot. Yellow card for Cormac Bane.
43mins Yellow card for Kevin Reilly as Galway earn a 14 yard free which is duly converted by Cormac Bane. Only 3 points in it now. All to play for still.
42mins Substitution for Meath: Graham Reilly replaces Paddy Gilsenan at wing forward.
39mins Foul by Stephen Bray on Forde. Still awaiting first score of 2nd half as Brendan Cannon is warming up for Galway.
37mins Seamus Kenny is on the floor. Strong hit went in their from the Galway men who are clearly fired up for the second half.
36mins Second half resumes in a resplendent Navan. 17,000 attendance tonight in Navan.
Half Time A strong Galway following at the match. They will be disapointed at that First half display however. Struggling to gain parity at midfield. The Meath men seem to be physically dominating in nearly every exchange. Devastating also for Michael Meehan going off injured. The only consolation for the Caltra sharpshooter is that at least it’s not his knee that is injured this time.
Half Time
35mins Lovely point by Cormac Bane for Galway. The teams troop off for half time and that score will give the men from the west some hope at least.
35 mins Meath with 9 wides and 8 points have been dominant and Stephen Bray points.
35mins Both sides are operating with 2 extra defenders sweeping up. Not much space for forwards. Terrible wide by Paddy O ‘ Rourke for Meath.
33mins Faherty came up for a 45 again there and again wide. 3rd wide for the Tribesmen.
30minsFiachra Breathnach was the Galway sub on for Meehan there. Padraic Joyce preparing a free now.
29mins Reilly and Gary O’ Brien are charging forward from the back at every opportunity for Meath.
27mins Joe Sheridan wide on left hand side. 7th wide now. The Royals could easily be out of sight now if they were more clinical.
26mins Point for Shane O’ Rourke. Meehan gone off injured. Impossible not to feel sympathy for him.
23mins Not looking good for Michael Meehan. Shoulder is injured as Cian Ward misses an easy free for the Royals. 5th wide for Meath.
21 mins Padraic Joyce slots a free over. Stops the rot for Galway. 3rd point for the maestro.
20mins Shane McAnarney point for Meath. Nearly a goal.
18mins Great point by Stephen Bray. Meath well on top.
17mins Michael Meehan wide off his right foot.
16 mins Kevin Reilly saunters up the pitch but hit wide. Meath well on top in Midfield now.
14 mins Another score for the Royals. Blood sub for Galway. Diarmuid Blake replaced by Alan Burke at Centre Back.
12 mins Beautiful point by Joe Sheridan. Powerful strike of the ball.Never in doubt.
9mins Pointed free by Cian Ward. Successful effort taken from the hands this time.
8mins Point for Joyce. Off the right foot. Second point for Joyce now.
7mins Strong play by Kevin O’ Reilly as he dispossesses Padraic Joyce. Lively start by both sides.
6mins Bad wide by Faherty. Futile bringing the keeper up really.
5mins 45 for Galway. Adrian Faherty the keeper is going to take it.
4mins 45 taken by sharpshooter Cian Ward but hit wide.
3mins Let off for Galway there. 45 for Meath. Cian Ward had a shot at goal but saved by keeper.
2 mins Galway score. Quick response by Padraic Joyce.
1min Meath score . Counter attack finished by corner back Gary O’ Brien.
0min Michael Collins gets the game underway
0min Amhran na Bhfiann belting out from the tannoy. The brass band taking the night off
0min Galway playing against a slight breeze in the First half it seems.
0min Still people streaming into the ground. Big interest in this one clearly. Perhaps if this game was on TV, we would not be getting this big attendance?
0min Late change for Meath. Graham Reilly at 12 replaced by Kevin Reilly from Navan O’ Mahonys wearing the number 19.
0min BREAKING NEWS: Game has been put back 10 minutes. Crowd congestion in the area
0min Do or Die stuff tonight. Warm up taking place for both sides as Referee Michael Collins surveys the ground. Decent crowd from Galway travelled up to Navan tonight. Busy day for Galway GAA fans today. Good win for the Hurlers and the footballers will hope to follow suit.
0min Tonight’s match up is sure to evoke memories of previous classic games between the sides. The 2001 Padraic Joyce inspired All Ireland Final win being a particular highlight for Galway fans, whilst the 1966 Final win will also be remembered by Tribesmen of an older vintage. One hopes that tonight will provide similar memories in years to come.
0min A few early spectators streaming in to Páirc Tailteann here on a cloudy July evening. A crowd no doubt expectant of a mighty tussle between 2 traditional heavyweights of the game. 9 time Champions Galway pitted against 7 time Champions Meath.
Commentary:
0min Little over an hour to go until throw in now in Navan
0min The two greatest underachievers in this season’s championship do battle in Navan this weekend, when the home side Meath,welcome Galway to the Royal county. Both teams are under new management and whichever man emerges on the losing side on Saturday night will almost certainly be issued with his p45.

Team News
Galway (SFC v Meath): A Faherty; J Duane, F Hanley, C Forde; G Bradshaw, D Blake, G Sice; J Bergin, F O Curraoin; T Flynn, M Hehir, M Clancy; M Meehan, P Joyce, C Bane.

Meath (SFC v Galway) TBC

Preview
Seamus McEnaney was a controversial appointment to the Meath hotseat late last year and things have not gone smoothly for the Monaghan man to date. The decision to recall former star Graham Geraghty left the county divided and saw both Barry Callaghan and Liam Harnan leave their roles as selectors. Defeat to Kildare followed, but the confidence may have been restored somewhat with a win over Louth in the first round of the qualifiers.

Galway come into this fixture on the back of a defeat, having lost out to Mayo in Connacht. The Tribesmen were much the better side in the first half and looked like causing an upset,but they left their game in the dressing room and never got going after the restart. It will be difficult for Tomas O’Flatharta to rally his troops so soon after a defeat like that and the visitors will be underdogs this weekend.

Meath are renowned for their battling qualities and when the pressure is on it is hard to beat the Royals. McEnaney and his side know that they can’t afford any mistakes this weekend and they are given the verdict to make the third round draw.

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