Meath is the All-Ireland Minor Football Champion after beating Tyrone in a suspenseful thriller in Croke Park today.

In an enormously physical and close fight from the start, it was Tyrone who started brighter.

The two teams exchanged points in the first few minutes before a goal from Cormac Devlin gave the Red Hand men the upper hand.

Meath bounced back in the second quarter, however, when Shaun Leonard responded to the goal before full striker Oisin O Murchu rattled the net to get her back on the net.

The rivals continued to trade punches for the remainder of half as the lead changed hands several times, but a late free kick from Hughie Corcoran gave Meath a 1:07 to 1:06 lead at break.

It was a sloppy third quarter as Tyrone equalized, but Meath reaffirmed his control of the game before the final quarter thanks to two 45s from ‘keeper Oisin McDermott and O Murchu Corcoran points building momentum.

They led 1-11 to 1-08 on the second Waterbreak, but were still under pressure from Tyrone as the Red Hand pushed up their defenders.

And a Tyrone attack ensued as points from Ruairi McHugh and Ronan Cassidy points reduced Meath’s lead to the minimum in the final two minutes.

Tyrone thought they were headed for overtime after leveling it with a late free kick, but winger Shaun Leonard proved to be a hero as he scored the winning goal into stoppage time.

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