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Sheridan’s return has positive Royal impact

JOE SHERIDAN made an immediate impact upon his return to the Meath colours by bagging 2-2 from play yesterday in a challenge match victory over Wesmeath at Boardsmill.

The Royals emphatically beat their neighbours by 4-14 to 0-8 with Sheridan’s contribution forming the most noteworthy effort of the day.

Just over a week after he returned from Boston at the request of Meath manager Seamus McEnaney, Sheridan blasted both of his goals in the second half of a surprisingly easy victory in which fellow returnee Peadar Byrne also starred.

Byrne, who was drafted back into the Meath setup following their disastrous league campaign, hit 1-1 in his first match for the county in over a year, while Brian Farrell (1-2) claimed the Royals other goal.

The other major talking-point was the absence of Dessie Dolan, effectively confirming his ‘break’ from the Westmeath panel for the season and quite possibly, his inter-county retirement.

Dolan, who revealed to the Evening Herald last week that he was “taking a break” from inter-county football for the foreseeable future, had been issued an unofficial deadline of yesterday’s challenge to re-emerge in Westmeath colours and at 32, speculation is bound to build that the former All Star and 2004 Leinster medalist will not be seen in Westmeath’s colours again.

Meanwhile, Graham Geraghty may be about to retire - again. The 38-year-old’s Achilles injury has flared up again and he is unlikely to be fit in time to play any part in Meath’s Leinster SFC campaign.