Meath 0-17 1-14 Tyrone

Joe McMahon and Paddy O'Rourke
Tyrone's Joe McMahon battles with Meath's Paddy O'Rourke

Philip Jordan was an absentee from the Tyrone squad as Meath avoided relegation to Division 3 of the NFL by earning a draw with the Red Hands.

Jordan was named in the Tyrone subs but didn't travel to Navan amid doubts over his intercounty future.

Martin Penrose hit three first-half points and Brian McGuigan impressed as Tyrone led 0-8 to 0-6 at half-time.

A Martin Penrose goal helped Tyrone move 1-10 to 0-9 ahead but Meath fought back to lead before Tyrone levelled.

Meath's draw meant that they joined Sligo on three points but Seamus McEnaney's team avoided the drop by dint of their win over the Yeats County earlier in the League.

Aidan Cassidy, Penrose (two) and McGuigan hit opening points as Tyrone led by four but Shane O'Rourke and Paddy O'Rourke were among the Meath scores as they fought back to lead 0-6 to 0-5 before the Red Hands hit the final three scores of the opening period.

Paddy O'Rourke had a great goal chance for Meath later in the first half but Pascal McConnell made a tremendous save.

Points from Joe McMahon and Conor Gormley helped extend Tyrone's lead to 0-10 to 0-7 early in the second half and while Meath fought back with two scores, Penrose's goal left the Red Hands 1-10 to 0-9 ahead with 20 minutes remaining.

However, Meath showed great fighting spiriting in the closing quarter to reel Tyrone in with Graham Reilly and Brian Farrell alos among their scorers.

Reilly points put Meath ahead on two occasions in the closing minutes but both were cancelled out by Penrose scores.

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