Friday 19 January 2018

Efficient Meath mix bit of 'nice' with bit of know-how

'Meath have a lot of nice footballers on that team," said a man on his way out of Aughrim on Saturday evening as if that was the final seal of approval for the new-look side that had just weathered a very stormy 75 minutes against Wicklow.

Indeed they have, but not many Meath football people I have known would regard having 'nice' players as being the ultimate test of the county's football pedigree.

Still, there is no doubt that apart from the nice players on duty in Aughrim, Meath also have quite a few hard grafters and it was that section of the team, when the pressure from Wicklow was at its most intense midway through the second half, that eventually brought Mick O'Dowd's outfit to the Leinster semi-final against Wexford.

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