Saturday 17 March 2018

demolition job no indication of lightweight meath's hopes against kildare

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

Watching Meath demolish a Carlow team that was totally out of its depth after 20 minutes, it was virtually impossible to assess the Royals' chances against Kildare in the semi-finals the Leinster Championship.

Old myths live long in the GAA and I heard one commentator remarking on how strong, well-built and powerful the Meath players were on Saturday night.

Well, he must have been looking through magnifying glasses because I have rarely seen as many light players in Meath jerseys -- they are in danger of being flattened by the Kildare juggernaut unless they can use their speed to avoid the hits.

That said, the manner in which Meath crushed Carlow from the time they led by 0-4 to 0-3 and then by 1-10 to 0-4 only 20 minutes later in the first half, showed that Seamus McEnaney's team do have substantial scoring power. But it is hard to see them putting on a demolition job like that against Kildare.

Joe Sheridan is a great rallying force to have on any team and sub Peadar Byrne single-handedly changed the course of the game when introduced in the second quarter.

The Royals have had a ferocious rivalry with Kildare for 100 years and have been scorched badly by them in recent times, so if the traditional Meath fighting spirit is still alive in the county this is surely the time for them to show it.

Many of the trademark qualities of Meath football seem to have been programmed out of their present set of players, and the county has paid a high price for that.

Maybe a return to their football roots might represent the quickest way for the team to get on a course that would lead them to compete for the big prizes once more.

Irish Independent

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