Goals proved to be the difference as 14 man Na Fianna opened their SFC campaign with an impressive 3-9 to 0-14 victory over St Colmcille'sin a thriller at Trim this afternoon.
St Colmcille's started well and raced into a 0-3 to 0-0 lead after just three minutes, but by the 13th minute Na Fianna were level and with Shane Walsh in fine form they led by 0-6 to 0-5 at half-time.
Within 90 seconds of the restart Harrison Silke punched a goal toput Na Fianna in the driving seat and when Jamie Queeney found the net eight minutes later to make it 2-7 to 0-7 they looked comfortable.
However St Colmcille's were dangerous throughout with Graham Reilly impressing and after Na Fianna saw their lead cut to four they then lost James Geagan to a second yellow card as st Colmcille's piled on the pressure.
A four-point return from substitute Ciaran Kelly helped Gordon Ward's side close the gap to the minimum in injury-time, but Na Fianna struck late for their third goal from Owen McDonnell to wrap up the win.
Full match report, photos and reaction from winning manager Dudley Farrell in Tuesday evening's Meath Chronicle.