Billy Smith wheels away in celebration after scoring the winner against Boyne Harps. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
Muirhevna Mor 2 Boyne Harps 1
Billy Smith continued his knack of scoring vital goals as Muirhevna Mor all but ended Boyne Harps' title hopes with a comeback victory.
The result moves the Blues up two places to the summit of the division; a point clear of Trim Celtic and a further three above Friday night's opponents. However, with Trim having three games in-hand, the Meath men remain the firm title favourites.
Top-spot looked far from the champions' grasp after an opening-period which saw Boyne - boosted by the presence of former Drogheda United and Shamrock Rovers player - Gavin Brennan at their heart of their play.
A lead goal for the Drogheda men eventually came and it acted as something of a trigger for Muirhevna Mor to up the ante. Striker Tiarnan Mulvenna had a half-chance to equalise before the same player saw strong penalty claims turned down, while Philip Duffy warmed the 'keeper's hands with an effort.
The Mor's leveller came just shy of half-time as Boyne's failure to properly clear a corner saw Nathan Murphy come onto the breaking ball beautifully and he fired high into the net.
Muirhevna Mor: Michael Cooney; Niall Hearty, Chris Caulfield, Adrian Rafferty, Nathan Murphy; Ben McLaughlin, Colin Hoey, Philip Duffy, Billy Smith; Micky O'Kane, Tiarnan Mulvenna
Subs: Thomas McShane, Brian Begley, Paudie Hearty, Brendan Hughes, Paul Mallon