Thursday 22 August 2019

'Freakish' day for five-star Royals

Sean Wall

Meath junior boss Davy Nelson was at a loss to explain some of the happenings as his side went down to defeat in a rip-roaring All-Ireland semi-final to Galway.

'It was an astonishing match and I'm so proud of the lads. We scored 5-22 and that should win any game,' Nelson said.

'We couldn't keep out the goals. It was a remarkable game, but we came out the wrong side of it.

'It was one of those freakish days. The boys know it themselves, conceding so many goals. You could play again next week and you might not concede any. We didn't concede a goal in the Leinster final against Kildare, so this is hard to explain.

'The high, old-fashioned ball into the danger area and we failed to defend it and paid the price.

'We played magnificent football in the opening half and I'm a bit embarrassed because of the manner of the defeat for everyone involved. To play that well and lose is a sickener, but that's sport.

'Galway were a good team and we expected that. We made a rag of them at times, but they could do damage too and they did. The nature of some of the goals we conceded you might not see again in a lifetime. They are so hard to explain because you practise for everything else and you don't allow for that.'

Nelson wasn't slow to commend his players and tipped many of them to go on and make it at senior level.

'The lads left everything on the pitch. It would have been much worse if it was a 'no-show' and the team was flat and didn't perform.

'This team has an average age of 22 and this is a marvellous competition for players. We would be very mindful that it is a feeder to the senior squad. Some of these lads are going to go on and play senior football in the future - the talent is there.

'This is a great platform for players to play adult football at county level as opposed to Minor and Under-20. I cannot understand why more counties don't utilise this competition.'

Drogheda Independent