Colm O'Rourke: Gilroy rewarded for not listening to the lynch mob
By playing as a team again, Dublin have made huge progress, says Colm O'Rourke
Strange how quickly football can change. In June, Meath beat Dublin in the Leinster semi-final, scoring five goals in the process. Fast forward to last weekend and the pair go very different ways, Dublin into the All-Ireland semi-final with a bang while Meath exit rather tamely.
The contrasting fortunes in the treatment of players is also interesting. Dublin will train and prepare with nothing left to chance, the players will be given every opportunity to be at their best, mentally and physically, for the big battle ahead.
The thanks Meath players get for their efforts is to be pushed immediately into the most important club matches of the year so far, without even getting a week off.