The particulars of this match hardly matter. What does matter is that Meath have put together a very impressive junior team, particularly strong in the key central positions. Eoin Loughlin and Jamie Shaw are the central defenders, Cathal Loughnane is a very impressive midfielder, and center forward Shane McInerney had two fine games in one day, starring later in the afternoon for Monaghan.
New York panelist Brian Newman is a very dangerous corner forward and on Sunday he combined well with brother Barry and full forward Jason McKenna to strafe the overwhelmed Stamford backs.
This is a fast, stylish team that is fun to watch. It will be interesting to see how they respond to the sterner challenges that surely lie ahead.
Man of the Match: Shane McInerney.
Meath: Chris Clarke, Paddy Melligan, Eoin Loughlin, Ed Travers, John McCarten, Jamie Shaw, Seamus DeBruin, Cathal Loughnane (0-1), John Smith, Andy O’Grady, Shane McInerney (0-8, 4 frees), Peter Mullen, Brian Newman (0-4), Jason McKenna (1-2), Barry Newman (0-1). Subs: Mike Rennick (0-1), Steven Keane.
Stamford: Musha Maher, Eamon Fey, Dennis Smith, Enda Cox, Dave Williams, Fergal O’Hanlon, Eammon Cafferty, Ted Steede, Bren Brady, Ian Duggan, Tim Cullen, Eric Considine, Bonnie Kennedy (0-1), Sean Cox, Paddy Cotter (0-1). Subs: Niall Faughnan (0-1), Kieran Cullnane, Eric McDonald.
Red Cards: Peter Mullen (Meath) Dave Williams (Stamford).
In Junior Football B action St. Raymond’s started their campaign in fine form with a 0-15 to 0-8 victory over Monaghan while Cavan topped the new Clare/Tipperary combo in their inaugural outing.
Westmeath’s late goal staked the midlanders to a close win over their neighbor’s Offaly and Roscommon edged Dublin by the unlikely score of 2-7 to 4-0.
In Junior A play away from headquarters, defending champs Donegal reversed the Senior outcome between these two clubs handling Stamford, and Tyrone impressed versus Kerry toppling the Kingdom 4-10 to 2-12.