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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Meath goalkeeper Gallagher keen to atone for 'schoolboy error' on Croke Park return

Gallagher: prefers playing outfield
Gallagher: prefers playing outfield
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

MEATH goalkeeper David Gallagher is as surprised as anyone to be returning to Croke Park.

Chronic back trouble has dogged his career but on Sunday he will return to championship action in the Big House for the first time since the 2005 defeat to Dublin.

"Between family and one thing or another and work, I probably did feel (his inter-county career) was over," revealed Gallagher, who returned to the county panel after regular custodian Brendan Murphy retired.

"Unfortunately, the GAA doesn't pay your wages. I was playing outfield with the club and was enjoying it.

"When you're playing with your county, you'll play anywhere and, if I was being honest, I prefer playing out the field. But when you're called and you can put a county jersey on again, you can't turn it down."

Meath face their nemesis of recent times, Kildare, on Sunday. Kieran McGeeney's side have had something of an Indian sign over the Royals but Gallagher insists that will have little effect on the outcome.

"I think you have to take every game as it comes. There's no point thinking about the past, that's gone."

Gallagher held his hand up for his mistake that gifted Carlow a replay, branding it a "schoolboy error", but believes the draw might have been a blessing in disguise for Meath.

"There has been a much more confident feel around the squad, especially after the first day (against Carlow) when we knew we didn't play well," he said.

"Realistically, a draw was the best result because we didn't have enough fellas in enough form to be able to play against a good team like Kildare.

"Since then, the confidence has been good and a couple of lads have come back into form. Hopefully, it will be enough to win if we gel on Sunday."

Irish Independent

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