Neighbours Blackhall Gaels and Moynalvey have been drawn together in Group B of the newly sponsored ‘Fairyhouse Steel Meath SFC’ for 2017.
The two south Meath clubs will also face off against a quartet of high profile sides in defending champions Simonstown Gaels, Navan O’Mahonys, Seneschalstown and 2016 Intermediate winners St. Colmcilles.
The Kilcloon/Baterstown combination will play O’Mahonys in round one, while Darren Fay’s Moynalvey will face Seneschalstown.
In the Meath SHC draw Blackhall Gaels were also handed a tough draw in Group B where they will do battle with champions Kiltale, Kildalkey, Killyon, Boardsmill and Dunderry.
Blackhall Gaels Donnacha Tobin returned to action following an arm injury to help the Meath senior footballers to a crucial victory over Galway in Division 2 of the NFL at Pairc Tailtean today, March 5th.
Tobin lined out at corner back in the 1-13 to 0-15 win and along with the returning Pauric Harnan added a solidity and experience in defence that had been missing in recent weeks, especially in defeats to Down and Kildare.
The versatile defender had hinted at a return in the past few weeks but was instead allowed to line out for his club Blackhall in two league games to aid in his recovery and boost his match fitness.
At the other end of the field it was the Donal Lenihan show as the Dunboyne man hit 1-5 in a man of the match performance as the men in green and gold held on in a gripping finish to claim the all important two points.
Tobin was black carded late on after becoming involved in a heated exchange with Galway oppoonent.
Meath manager Andy McEntee showed both relief and joy at the final whistle as portrayed in this Sportsfile photo below.
Meath supporters left Pairc Tailtean in buoyant mood, happy to secure a League victory but even more pleased in the manner of the performance and the returning fight in the jersey.
Credit Ramsey Cardy of Sportsfile and Meath Gaa Facebook for the photos.