Friday 19 July 2019

O'Rourke's men make it back-to-back Meath titles


Colm O'Rourke Photo: Sportsfile
Colm O'Rourke Photo: Sportsfile

Defending champions Simonstown made it back-to-back Meath SFC titles when cruising past Summerhill, 2-9 to 0-7, in yesterday's Royal County decider in Páirc Tailteann, Navan.

Managed by Meath legend Colm O'Rourke (pictured above with son Shane) there could be no arguing with the credentials of his man who came back from 11 points in arrears in their quarter-final to defeat Dunboyne and haven't looked back - winning eight game in total including yesterday's success.

They will now face Wexford champions Starlights, who defeated St Martin's in their own county final yesterday, in the AIB Leinster club SFC quarter-final in two weeks' time.

Simonstown's hit their first goal in the 13th minute when Pádraig McKeever fired to the net after the powerful midfield pairing of Shane O'Rourke and AFL starlet Conor Nash combined to feed their captain.

O'Rourke's men took a 1-3 to 0-4 lead in at the break and should have been further in front.

It all turned Simonstown's way on the restart.

McKeever knocked over a free to put his side three up. The resultant kickout went terribly wrong for Summerhill and Seán Tobin snaffled possession to feed Conor Sheridan who tapped home for the simplest of finishes.

That was that.

"The big thing is that we've gone unbeaten through the Championship as well. To win a Championship with eight games, won them all, we're delighted with that," said the victorious manager.

"Last year, we struggled through the early rounds and then got going. This year we had more serious intent. We're better this year than last year. The lads have been very disciplined, very focused and dedicated, very keen to win another one, right from the beginning."

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