Saturday 21 April 2018

Final place makes 'year to forget' worth pain for Kenny

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

PERHAPS nobody garnered more satisfaction from Meath's win over Wexford than Seamus Kenny.

Completing 70 minutes was a personal triumph for the Simonstown man, who completed a recovery from successive serious injuries to either knee to return for a 13th inter-county season.

"Yeah last year was a year to forget. And then at Christmas when I was getting back to playing games, the right knee went," he recalled.

"At that stage I was ready to throw the boots out the window. I had put so much into getting the left knee back and then the right one gave way. It was very demoralising and it was another three months in the gym but days like that make it all worth it."

Kenny's last appearance in Croke Park came in the 2011 Leinster championship defeat to Kildare and he was one of just five from that team that started yesterday. That restructuring was as dramatic as it was necessary.

"Look at last year's panel compared to this year and there's probably nearly a 50pc turnover which is massive.

INEXPERIENCED

"Very few counties have that sort of turnover. They are really good lads, mad eager to learn. I don't think we've seen the best of them. The likes of (Bryan) Menton, (Donal) Keogan and Eamon Wallace are relatively inexperienced and they are only going to get better.

"We are taking things very lightly at the moment. We have such an inexperienced panel. In the first game against Wicklow we weren't sure where we were and we got a decent result and it was the same again today. We weren't looking ahead and we're not now."

Dublin provide formidable opposition for the new-look Meath in a fortnight's time. It's rare that a game between Leinster's great rivals is expected to be so one-sided but Kenny wants Meath to deliver a typically defiant performance.

"Meath is a county full of tradition. You always have a chance but sometimes you don't always do the jersey justice. We have a proud tradition and we have to live up to that.

"Like any other footballer you want to be winning medals. I want to win a Leinster and an All-Ireland and some people might say whatever they like about that but that's the dream, and you always want to be chasing it."

Irish Independent

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