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Meath take 'catch and kick' route to decider

COUSINS Shane and James McEntee -- nephews of Meath great Gerry -- and Padraig Harnan -- a nephew of Liam -- carry famous Meath names into tomorrow's All-Ireland minor football championship final.

If the names are a throw-back, then maybe so is this team's traditional approach to football.

Meath are managed by another McEntee in Shane's father Andy -- and his persistence with long kicking has paid dividends as it has brought wins over Tyrone and Mayo to set up a first All-Ireland final between Leinster's great rivals.

"Kicking and catching are two of the strengths of this side, so we try to play to that like we have done all year," said McEntee, whose name remains in the hat for the Meath senior job. "We go man-for-man and try to win our own battles.

"It didn't work in the Leinster final and we didn't do many things right that day. But you aren't going to change that now. It's a clash of styles certainly. We don't feel we had a real cut at Dublin that day."

After that Leinster final defeat, they picked Ulster champions Tyrone's pockets in Newry and, although wrongly awarded a penalty in the semi-final against Mayo, they still recovered from a seven-point deficit early in the second half.

Their ability to create goal-scoring opportunities through long, accurate deliveries and the intelligent forward play of the likes of Fiachra Ward -- brother of senior star Cian -- Barry Dardis and Cillian O'Sullivan, remains Meath's trump card.

McEntee's youngsters fashioned seven goal-scoring opportunities against Mayo, so they are sure to keep the Dubs defence busy tomorrow.

Irish Independent