Stephen Clynch's late second-half goal helped Meath to a dramatic 2-16 to 1-18 NHL Div 2B victory over hosts Down at Newry this afternoon.
Clynch's stike drew the sides level for the seventh time with three minutes remaining and completed a fine tally of 1-12 for the Kilmessan man.
Dunderry's Paddy Conneely sent over the winning point for Cillian Farrell's men as the clock ticked into injury-time.
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Meath - S McGann; C Reilly, W Mahady, R Hatton; S Heavey, J Toher, S Brennan; S Morris, J Kelly; P Durnin, S Clynch, P Conneely; A Gannon, E Marsh, B Slevin. Subs - J Meyler for Kelly 43 mins, G Kelly for Durnin 67m.