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Upbeat Down: Ronan Sheehan was happy to see his side defeat Meath. Credit: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Upbeat Down: Ronan Sheehan was happy to see his side defeat Meath. Credit: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

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Upbeat Down: Ronan Sheehan was happy to see his side defeat Meath. Credit: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Down hurlers brought the curtain down on their season in spectacular style by beating Meath by 1-27 to 2-16 in the Joe McDonagh Cup, a win which ensures that they will participate in the competition again next year.

The Mourne county had found the going tough to date, but on this occasion several outstanding individual displays underpinned their triumph.

Chief among these contributions was that of Paul Sheehan who struck 10 points in a masterly display of finishing.

Down led by 0-14 to 0-9 at the half-way stage, but Meath, inspired by goals from Jack Reagan and Alan Douglas, were always on their shoulder.

With Ryan McCusker, Eoghan Sands, Tim Prenter and Phelim Savage joining in the scoring spree, Down finished strongly.

Meath, though, never gave up with Reagan who scored 1-8 always a thorn in the side.

Down manager Ronan Sheehan hailed his team’s performance when the final whistle sounded.

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“We knew this was a must-win game. We really want to be in the Joe McDonagh Cup next year and I think the boys did themselves proud on this occasion,” said Sheehan.

Tyrone, too, racked up a significant victory when they beat Armagh by 1-18 to 1-6 in the Nicky Rackard Cup with skipper Damian Casey yet again leading by splendid example.

Casey hit 10 of Tyrone’s points with Mickey Little, Rory Weir and Lorcaan Devlin chipping in with late scores that got their side over the line.

Casey was understandably delighted at the finish as his side now look forward to their meeting with Donegal.

“We had been beaten by Armagh in the league and we wanted to make amends for that. This was a real team performance by the lads,” said Casey.

Derry just managed to get the better of Roscommon in the Christy Ring Cup winning by 0-19 to 1-15.


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