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Dublin: 9°C Thursday 13 May 2021

Penalty save the decisive moment as Navan O'Mahonys reign supreme again

Stephen Bray kicked the insurance score at Páirc Tailteann.

That's 20th Meath SFC titles now.
That's 20th Meath SFC titles now.
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Navan O’Mahonys 0-13

Na Fianna 1-08

NAVAN O’MAHONYS RETAINED their Meath Senior Football Championship crown this afternoon with a two-point win over Na Fianna in a tight decider at Páirc Tailteann.

All-star forward Stephen Bray sealed a 20th provincial title for Navan O’Mahony’s with a late score after Na Fianna had staged a resilient comeback in awful conditions.

The defending champions led 0-6 to 0-3 at the break but were indebted to a fine save by their goalkeeper Marcus Brennan to deny Daniel Queeney from the penalty spot.

The sides were level at 0-1 apiece at the time and it proved to be a decisive moment in an otherwise uneventful game.

Navan had too much firepower for their opponents and were operating in cruise control for much of the contest until Na Fianna conjured a late fightback.

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Ethan Devine reduced the deficit with a point and then a slightly fortuitous goal in the 60th minute to give Navan something to think about.

A tight finish was in store when Queeney added another score but Bray capped his man of the match performance with an injury-time point to complete the victory.

Davy Nelson’s side will now face Longford champions Killoe in the Leinster club quarter-final on 8 November.

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