Two questions arose when referee Patrick Neilis sounded the final whistle at Dunshaughlin this evening where Skryne emerged with a 3-13 to 1-16 third round SFC victory over Blackhall Gaels.
Question 1 - how did Skryne win?
Question 2 - how did Blackhall Gaels lose?
Both questions were being asked by both sets of supporters.
Skryne started like a whirlwind and had 1-4 on the scoreboard inside seven minutes with paddy O'Rourke converting a penalty. But they didn't score again until a minute into the second half as they trailed by 1-4 to 1-8 at the interval and lost Mark Battersby to a straight red card.
Blackhall also missed a first-half penalty - they got a point from it.
Blackhall looked like they were just going through the motions in the second-half as Skryne kicked some memorable wides.
However, Skryne also scored some fine points and managed two goals, one from Ciaran Lenehan with 12 minutes to go and the other from Paddy O'Rourke a minute from time. It was a real 'smash and grab' raid and puts Skryne into a good position to qualify.
See full report and reaction from Skryne manager Gordon Geraghty in the next edition of the Meath Chronicle.