Friday 24 November 2017

McEnaney refuses to blame 'wrong calls' for defeat

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

SEAMUS McEnaney isn't given to equivocation, so it was hardly surprising that he had a very definite view on the crucial decision to disallow Graham Geraghty's goal seven minutes from the end of yesterday's Leinster football quarter-final.

"Some days, these decisions go for you, some days they don't and unfortunately for us, it was a wrong call that went against us on the day. That's very disappointing," said the Meath manager.

Nor was he satisfied that Brian Farrell's second-half dismissal was warranted.

"The information I'm getting is that it was a non-sending off (offence)," added the Meath manager (below).

However, he wasn't claiming that those two calls made all the difference, instead admitting that Meath had created many of their own problems.

"We were in a good position at half-time, but we coughed up some easy scores early in the second half. We didn't keep up the same intensity either," he said.

Kildare's improvement was in direct proportion to Meath's decline as Johnny Doyle, Eamonn Callaghan and Emmet Bolton led the way for a much more structured second-half performance.

Manager Kieran McGeeney felt that over-eagerness cost Kildare some first-half scores, but once they settled into a more comfortable rhythm in the second half the strike rate improved ramatically.

"I like to see fellas taking shots at goal. Maybe our finishing wasn't at its best at time, but we still ran up a decent score.

"I could be wrong in this, but over the last two years, I'd say we are one of the highest scoring forward units in the country," he said.

Kildare were certainly more productive than Meath, who now have just under three weeks to re-focus for the qualifiers.

McEnaney must now find two selectors to replace Liam Harnan and Barry Callaghan, who quit two weeks ago.

"It's a situation we're in and we will have a view on that over the next few days," he said before predicting that the squad would have no difficulty in gearing up for the qualifiers.


"There's no doubt in my mind, that there is serious character in this dressing-room and it's going to come out," he said.

Kildare are in a much happier place as they look ahead to a showdown with Dublin.

McGeeney said that nothing brings a panel on like playing in big games and after beating Wicklow and Meath in the space of two weeks, Kildare are well set up for what will be a much tougher test.

For now though, they are happy to have negotiated the first two fences while playing well within themselves.

"We struggled a bit at times in the first half, but we were much better after that.

"Our score-taking improved as the game went on which is encouraging," said McGeeney.

Irish Independent

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