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Meath set-up O'Byrne Cup semi-final showdown with Dublin

We run through all today’s results in the pre-season competition.

Brian Fenton with Graham Reilly during the recent Sean Cox Benefit Fundraiser.
Brian Fenton with Graham Reilly during the recent Sean Cox Benefit Fundraiser.
Image: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

MEATH SET-UP a semi-final showdown with Dublin in the O’Byrne Cup after a seven-point win over Wexford in the final group game this afternoon. 

Meath led by four at the interval and Sean Tobin’s second-half goal propelled Andy McEntee’s side to a 1-20 to 1-13 victory in Enniscorthy.

The win was enough to leave the Royals on top of Group 3 and they’ll face Dublin, who were seeded straight into the last four. That game takes place next Saturday at 7pm in Parnell Park. 

Longford and Louth shared the spoils in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, drawing 1-16 apiece.

It means that Longford advance from Group 2 to the semi-finals of the Leinster pre-season competition where they’ll play either Kildare or Westmeath, depending on tomorrow’s result between the sides. 

A Peter Lynn goal left Longford 1-12 to 1-6 ahead at half-time, while Tadhg McEaney hit the net for the Wee County. Louth rallied after the break and a late score from Declan Byrne sealed a draw for Wayne Kierans’s outfit. 

In Group 1, Carlow enjoyed a high-scoring 3-12 to 2-14 victory over John Maughan’s Offaly. Neither side were in contention to make the knock-out stage prior to this game.

In this evening’s game, a late Paul Kingston goal helped Laois past Wicklow by 2-12 to 2-10.

O’Byrne Cup results

Meath 1-20 Wexford 1-13
Longford 1-16 Louth 1-16
Carlow 3-12 Offaly 2-14
Laois 2-12 Wicklow 2-10

Gavan Casey, Murray Kinsella and Andy Dunne preview the weekend’s action:

Source: Heineken Rugby Weekly on The42/SoundCloud

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