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Heaney: Navan win would ease Mayo's need for all-too-familiar high-wire escape act

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David Heaney. Photo: Sportsfile

David Heaney. Photo: Sportsfile

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David Heaney. Photo: Sportsfile

It may be too early in the story of this year's National League to attach any game with the glib status of 'relegation four-pointer', but the atmosphere in Páirc Tailteann tomorrow should be just about as tense as it gets for the second weekend in February.

Failure to win in Navan, where they face Meath in a league game for the first time in 17 years, will leave champions Mayo facing an awkward spring run-in. Albeit one with which they're intimately accustomed.

"What happens if they lose the first two or three is they're forced to play the established guys to get results," notes former Mayo defender, David Heaney, who played in that game in Páirc Tailteann in 2003.