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Monday 11 December 2017

Beggy - sight of sky blue shirts will inspire Royals

David Beggy has been diagnosed wieh haemochromatosis
David Beggy has been diagnosed wieh haemochromatosis

Declan Rooney

Meath legend David Beggy thinks the Royals are in with a shout of upsetting Dublin in Sunday's Leinster final – but their tactics need to be right.

Beggy said that no Meath side has ever gone to Croke Park to face Dublin not believing they can win, and that the sight of a sky blue jersey is enough to bring the best out of any Royal player.

"If anyone was to say that Meath have a realistic chance of beating Dublin on Sunday, you'd have to say they were loose in the head. Logical thinking says this can only be a Dublin win," he said.

"But for a Meath player, facing a blue jersey is huge. If you want to get a performance out of a Meath player, put them up against the Dubs.

"We have never travelled to Croke Park thinking we cannot beat them and I don't think that has changed with this team."

Smart

But Beggy, who won back-to-back Sam Maguires in 1987 and 1988 and kicked the winning point against the Dubs in their third replay in 1991, thinks the Royals will need to play smart football to have any hope of upsetting the odds.

"If Meath go out and face Dublin man to man they don't have a hope. Dublin are far too powerful and fast for Meath to live with them that way. God forbid we go back to 13 men behind the ball, but there needs to be a sweeper employed somewhere," he said.

"Kildare were dreadful against Dublin and that doesn't help Dublin one bit. Like Mayo, they are facing into a provincial final without a serious test.

"But I am delighted to see Meath men in charge of football in the county again. After Sean Boylan left it was akin to a civil war what was going on here, with lads grabbing for power. But thankfully that has settled down now.

"This year is already a success with promotion back to Division 2 and two championship wins, so it would be a major bonus to upset everyone on Sunday."

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