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Friday 24 March 2017

Royal men outclass students

Ben Brosnan. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Ben Brosnan. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

New Meath manager started an entirely different starting 15 than last Sunday rout of Wicklow as the Royals defeated DIT 2-15 to 0-10 in last night's O'Byrne Cup clash at Ashbourne.

This victory sets up a winner takes all in the concluding group match against unbeaten Laois in Stradbally on Saturday evening.

Meaths side contained Stuart Lowndes, older brother of Dublin senior Eric, who had played previously in this competition for the Dubs back in 2015.

It was Donal Lenihan who was the chief score-taker for Meath with a personal tally of 1-5 while Bobby O'Brien grabbed their other goal after Meath had led 0-7 to 0-6 at the interval.

BEN BROSNAN (above) scored his 100th goal for Wexford and then added another as Wexford defeated DCU Dochas Eireann, 2-to 0-10, in last night's O'Byrne Cup clash at St Patrick's Park, Enniscorthy.

Match-winner Brosnan struck his first in the 17th minute following a sweeping movement to edge the hosts 1-2 to 0-2 ahead, a lead they were never subsequently to lose.

Eanna O'Connor points kept the students in touch but a second Brosnan goal after 23 minutes helped his side to a 2-4 to 0-4 interval lead.

DCU opened the second half impressively with two quickfire points from Ryan Burns and Shekroz Akoram to reduce the deficit to 2-4 to 0-6 before Brosnan steadied the homeside with two pointed frees.

Wexford host Dublin in Enniscorthy this Sunday (2.0) in their last group game.

RESULTS

O'BYRNE CUP

Dublin 1-10 UCD 2-9; Wexford 2-6 DCU 0-10; Kildare 4-24 IT Carlow 0-1; Longford 2-11 Offaly 0-9; Meath 2-15 DIT 0-10; Wicklow 1-8 Laois 2-17; Louth 1-13 NUI Maynooth 1-8; Carlow 1-15 Westmeath 2-15

McGRATH CUP

Tipperary 1-10 Cork 2-22

Limerick 2-13 Clare 2-9

WALSH CUP

Dublin 2-26 UCD 0-21

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