Five steps to Kildare's dominance over Meath
SUNDAY, AUGUST1, 2010
ALL-IRELAND QUARTER-FINAL, CROKE PARK
Meath's first match since their controversial Leinster title win over Louth started well, with a Cian Ward penalty conversion helping them to a 1-3 to 0-0 lead. But by the break Kildare had hit Meath for goals from Alan Smith and James Kavanagh and despite trailing by 1-9 to 2-5 at the break, it was clear they were in the ascendancy.
Kildare then powered away from their rivals after that for their biggest win of the five. Ultimately this defeat cost Eamonn O'Brien his position as manager at a subsequent county board meeting when criticism rang out over the failure to make changes.
SUNDAY, MARCH20, 2011
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, NEWBRIDGE
Kildare . . . . . 1-14
Meath ... ... ...1-12
The scoreline doesn't reflect it but Kildare's dominance was as pronounced here as it has been in recent times. And it was no means their best performance.
Johnny Doyle got the Kildare goal and twice they led by four points in the second half, with Rob Kelly belting over four fine points. The match ended with a tete-a-tete between rival managers Seamus McEnaney and Kieran McGeeney as McEnaney fumed over late refereeing decisions made by Marty Duffy.
"I'd be annoyed with myself. You have to have a bit discipline on the sideline as well as on the pitch. I don't know, it was more tickling bellies than anything else," remarked McGeeney afterwards.
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2011
LEINSTER QUARTER-FINAL, CROKE PARK
Another fine start for Meath, another second-half surge from Kildare, with Johnny Doyle, Eamonn Callaghan and Emmet Bolton leading the charge.
If ever a day emphasised Meath's need for much more pace and athleticism in the team then this was it.
Brian Farrell's sending off and Graham Geraghty's disallowed goal for an alleged square ball might have influenced things, but the chasm between the sides was most evident in that second half.
SATURDAY, JULY 16 , 2011
THIRD-ROUND QUALIFIER, NAVAN
Without doubt one of the best championship games of last summer, an example of how cut and thrust Saturday night qualifiers at provincial venues can be.
Meath gave everything and still came up short in an epic battle.
Johnny Doyle got Kildare off to a perfect start with an early penalty after Tomas O'Connor was fouled, but it wasn't until the last 10 minutes that they were able to flex their muscles again.
By that stage James Kavanagh was on and exerting influence on the game, while Meath captain Seamus Kenny had withdrawn from action with injury after making a big impact. That was Emmet Bolton's cue to press forward for a crucial goal and point.
SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2012
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, NAVAN
Kildare ... ... ... 0-18
Meath ... ... ... ..2-11
Meath pitched everything again into this third-round fixture to break the sequence and there was much at stake. They had won their opening two games, Kildare had lost theirs.
But they came up short again as Ollie Lyons darted in late for the winning score. That it was another high-octane match was little consolation to Meath and the fallout from defeat was obvious in subsequent results.