Meath's bid for back-to-back All-Ireland titles faltered at Banagher today when they were edged out by a strong Limerick side in the semi-final of the Intermediate Championship.
There was no shame in Meath's exit, they were defeated by a physically stronger and technically better Limerick side who were more clinical with their finishing and made the most of a couple of goal chances in the second-half.
Meath were adrift by 0-2 to 0-8 at the interval and conceded a goal soon after the resumption, but still battled back to trail by 0-5 to 1-8 with 20 minutes remaining.
Limerick managed a second goal 10 minutes from time following a gallant effort by Meathj and that score effectively finished the game as a contest.
Meath -Jane Walsh (Kiltale); Laura Maguire (Killyon), Claire Coffey (Na Fianna), Fiona O'Neill (Dunboyne); Aine Keogh (Kildalkey), Kristina Troy (Blackhall Gaels 0-1 free), Louise Donoghue (Kiltale); Jane Dolan (Blackhall Gaels 0-4 frees), Katie Hackett (Trim 0-1 ); Cheyenne O'Brien (Kiltale), Aoife Maguire (Killyon), Sinead Hackett (Dunboyne 0-2); Elizabeth Oakes (Navan O'Mahonys), Adrienne McCann (Ratoath), Aileen Donnelly (Kilmessan). Sub - Edel Guy (Trim) for McCann 22 mins.
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