Meath have taken home a 4 point victory from Bray tonight as Podge O Hanrahan was on song on placed balls as the Royals edged past Wicklow in Casey O Briens first game back in charge.
This contest has always proven a closely fought affair with the sides last Kehoe Cup meeting back in 2019 seeing the sides play out a 0-24 to 1-21 draw but it was Meath who have nosed in front on the win column after tonight’s 4 point victory. The last three meetings with the Royals have not went in our favour with a draw and two wins for the men in Green and Gold but things were a lot closer than their 9 point victory over Wicklow when the sides last met back in Division 2A in the 2021 season as Wicklow went toe to toe for long periods but Meath managed to edge away in the second half.
It would have been nice to have kicked off 2023 with a victory but there’s a real feel good factor around this squads prospects, especially given Casey O Brien is the man at the wheel with highly respected men like Leighton Glynn, Billy Cuddihy and Graham Keogh in his back room team and there’s no doubt the victories will come as the year progresses.
Andy O Brien bagging 1-07 shows he’s still well able to in-still fear into any inter-county defence and with Torna Mulconry, Mikey Lee, Seanie Germaine and Padraig Doran all on the scoresheet and a host of young players with a year or two of inter county under their belts you can expect the trajectory will soon be upwards. A good run out in a competition designed to blood players and shake off cobwebs and that’s exactly what we got tonight.