Tuesday 21 November 2017

O'Mahonys out to make Leinster mark

Nelson: targeting provincial progress for his Navan O’Mahonys team
Nelson: targeting provincial progress for his Navan O’Mahonys team
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Davy Nelson's eyes were already looking down the road in the aftermath of Navan O'Mahonys' 20th win in the Meath championship.

The Brews Hill club have now won three of the last four senior titles in Meath, marking them out as the pre-eminent footballing force in the county. However, when it comes to mounting an assault on Leinster, they have come up short.

But manager Nelson is keen to atone for that this time around. They face Longford champions Killoe on Sunday week, the same side who dumped them out in 2012, and Nelson believes his side are better equipped this time around.

"We played Killoe from Longford three years ago but we never turned up," Nelson said. "This team has matured so much since then, I guarantee you we will turn up against them this time. If we are good enough we'll win and if we're not we won't. But we intend to make our mark.

"We were there last year with nine minutes to go level pegging and Rhode went on to play in the Leinster final.

"So you'd like to think we are not a million miles away. But we've got to go and do it and not be talking about it, actually go and do it."

Meath clubs have never won an All-Ireland club title and you have to go back to 2002 for the last time a team from the Royal County emerged from the province and Nelson wants to see the performances of Meath clubs improve.

"Dunshaughlin were the last team. We have one in 20 odd years, I think Dublin have had 11 or 12. We'd know Dublin football well, we play a lot of them, there is a very high level of football there and obviously Portlaoise are back on the road again.

"Killoe are a hell of a team, they pushed Portlaoise three years ago to a one-score game. Our game with Killoe is away from home, it brings its own challenges, you have to park this in a few days - well and truly park it, knuckle down now and make our mark.

"We feel the team is good enough to make our mark."

Irish Independent

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