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Royal too strong in Ring final


Adam Gannon.  Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Adam Gannon. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile


Adam Gannon. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

There was some cheer for Meath in Croke Park over the weekend as they claimed the Christy Ring Cup with a facile 4-19 to 2-15 win over Down on Saturday.

Adam Gannon (inset)proved a leading light for the Royals, scoring a brace of goals in addition to assisting on a Nicholas Potterton goal as Meath pulled away in the second-half with Callum O'Sullivan putting the icing on their cake with a fourth goal in added time.

"We've shown throughout we are the leading light in this competition," said Meath manager Nick Fitzgerald.

Events at headquarters started off in a thrilling fashion as Leitirm came back from the dead to edge Lancashire by 2-23 to 2-22 in the Lory Meagher decider.

James Glancy's goal rescued extra-time for the Connacht side and with Colm Moreton, Gavin O'Hagan and Zak Moradi of Thomas Davis all adding points, Leitrim had a sufficient buffer to withstand a consolation goal from Patrick Duggan.

It was equally tight in the Nicky Rackard decider as two goals from Gerard O'Kelly-Lynch and a deciding point by Kieran Prior saw Sligo edge Armagh by 2-14 to 2-13.

Christy Ring Cup Final: Meath 4-19 Down 2-15

Nicky Rackard Cup Final: Sligo 2-14 Armagh 2-13

Lory Meagher Cup Final: Leitrim 2-23 Lancashire 2-22 AET