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SFC quarter-final: Rathkenny through in extra-time

23 August 2010

Duleek/Bellewstown's Mark Collins controls the ball as Rathkenny's Brian Meade and David Donegan move in during the Meath SFC quarter final at Pairc Tailteann.
Rathkenny 1-11
Duleek/Bellewstown 0-11

Rathkenny overcame Duleek/Bellewstown in Pairc Tailteann after extra-time, in the last of the quarter-final ties of the Meath Farm Machinery SFC, last Sunday evening August 22nd.

Duleek/Bellestown were quickest out of the blocks with two early scores on four and six minutes.

Rathkenny veteran Donal Curtis steadied the North Meath side with a point on eleven minutes. The men in green extended their lead a minute later, before Brian Meade reduced the gap on fourteen minutes.

Duleek/Bellewstown scored again before Brian Meade again reduced the arrears with a fine score. There were three scores in the final three minutes of the opening half with Duleek/Bellewstown scoring their fifth point on twenty eight minutes, before Rathkenny replied with a rasping goal from Richie Timmons that flew into the top corner, followed up by a Damien McBride point to leave Rathkenny leading 1-4 to 0-5 at the break.

Rathkenny started the second half with a John Donegan point and another from Donal Curtis. Duleek/Bellewsown popped over three unanswered scores from frees to leave the minimum between the sides again. John Donegan extended Rathkennys lead with five minutes remaining but Duleek/Bellewstown pointed a minute later and in the second minute of injury time popped over an equaliser to leave it 1-7 to 0-10 at full time.

The floodlights came on for extra time and two minutes into that extra time Duleek/Bellewstown took the lead but it was to prove to be their final score. Richie Timmons levelled matters to leave it 1-8 to 0-11 at the end of the first half of extra time.

Brian Meade put Rathkenny back in front three minutes into second half extra time before a Timmons free extended the lead. Brian Meade then popped over again to leave the men in red and black three clear and try as they might Duleek/Bellewstown could not get the scores and Rathkenny ran out winners.

Rathkenny - J. Martin; D. Keogan, T. McKeever, M. Macken; D. Donegan, J. Macken, R. Gore; J. Donegan (0-2), R. Curtis; B. Lenehan, B. Meade (0-4), D. McBride (0-1), R. Timmons (1-2), I. Lenehan, D. Curtis (0-2). Subs - O. Elliott for B. Lenehan, C. Gore for J. Donegan, D. Smith for I. Lenehan, J. Gore for McKeever