DCU booked their place in the O’Byrne Cup Final with an easy victory over a poor Meath outfit,at Pairc Tailteann in Navan on Saturday evening. David Kelly led the way for the students as he gave a man of the match performance. The students will now meet the winners of the second semi final between Dublin and Kildare.
Meath played with the strong breeze in the opening half and went ahead early through Tom Walsh. The county side made it 0-2 to 0-0 after Paddy Gilsenan pointed to increase their lead. However, DCU were in total control of the game at this stage and but for some poor shooting they should have been ahead of their rivals. Just before the quarter hour mark, Sligo’s David Kelly popped up to score a goal that saw the students lead by a point. Colm Begley from Laois then increased his sides lead with a well taken point. At 1-1 to 0-2 the Dublin side were beginning to get away from their opponents. Jack Brady made it a three point lead before Gilsenan hit back for Meath. The conditions began to tell as the half progressed and Begley and Reilly both missed chances before David Kelly scored a fine point from play for DCU. That ended up being the final score of the half and left the students with a clear lead.
Dean Rock was the first to hit the target after the restart, giving DCU a four point advantage. Two minutes later O’Kelly scored his second goal and put the game out of reach for Meath. Graham Reilly responded for the county side but it was all uphill from there. Paddy Gilsenan hit his third point of the night to reduce the deficit but Colm Begley replied for the students. When Rock kicked yet another point, DCU led by eight points and the match was as good as over. Stephen Bray kept the scoreboard ticking over for Meath but again Begley replied for the students. With eleven county players DCU look a very strong outfit and they will take plenty of beating in this competition. Meath will need to improve a great deal if they are to have any prospect of winning a Leinster title this season.