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Breathless finish sees Simonstown Gaels into Meath SFC final at expense of neighbours Wolfe Tones

Simonstown Gaels are back in the Meath county final.

Simonstown Gaels 4-9
Wolfe Tones 1-13

CHAMPIONS SIMONSTOWN GAELS booked a return to the county showpiece with a hard-fought and enthralling victory over neighbours Wolfe Tones at Pairc Tailteann this afternoon.

Four goals split between both halves – the first couple from Nathan O’Brien and Mark McCabe, the second-half strikes from and McCabe again as well as captain Pauric McKeever – saw Gaels back to their second successive final, but the victors were still confronted with a nervy finish as their never-say-die opponents came within a whisker of manufacturing a comeback.

By the 59th minute just two points separated the sides, with Gaels leading 3-8 to 1-12. Simonstown edged a further point in front in stoppage time before their opponents fashioned a last-gasp, guilt-edged chance to level proceedings. The ball, however, squirmed wide right from point-blank range, and the champions went up the other end to seal their spot in this year’s final, skipper McKeever combining with Michael Brennan for the coup de grace.

You can watch the game’s stunning finale below, courtesy of Eir Sport.

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