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Colm O'Rourke's Simonstown Gaels advance after epic Meath SFC clash with St Peter's

The RTÉ pundit is smiling.

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RTÉ PUNDIT COLM O’Rourke is a happy man tonight after his Simonstown Gaels senior footballers booked their place in the semi-finals of the Meath championship.

Skryne ensured their semi-final place with a 1-11 to 0-9 victory over Summerhill last Sunday and now Simonstown are the second confirmed team through to the last four.

Simonstown, managed by O’Rourke, needed extra-time before seeing off St Peter’s Dunboyne in Trim this evening.

The sides were deadlocked at 1-14 apiece at the end of a thrilling 60 minutes before Simonstown found another gear to run out 3-16 to 1-17 winners, Mark McCabe and Padraig McKeever on target with the crucial goals in extra-time.

Simonstown got off to a brilliant start and were 0-8 to 0-1 clear before St Peter’s rallied to draw level by the 42nd minute.

An epic encounter went all the way to extra-time before Simonstown prevailed to keep alive their hopes of a first final appearance since 2004, now finding themselves at the penultimate stage in the Royal County.

The remaining two quarter-finals are down for decision on Sunday as Na Fianna take on Gaeil Colmcille while Seneschalstown will battle it out against Donaghmore-Ashbourne.

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Meanwhile, the three-in-a-row dream remains alive for Kiltale as they defeated Kildalkey by 2-16 to 2-12 in this afternoon’s Meath SHC semi-final.

The winners will play Killyon or Trim, who will contest the second semi-final on Sunday.

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