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Queeney: Royals galvanised

MEATH'S spring of discontent could yet prove to be their making, according to Royal County star Jamie Queeney, WRITES DONNCHADH BOYLE.

Relegation to Division 3 and a botched heave against manager Seamus McEnaney means the Royals have endured a torrid year to date but Queeney sees the tide turning.

"We know that will bond us," said the Na Fianna club man. "We can even see it at training, we are sticking together. We know everything that went wrong and things have been said about us. We hadn't a good league and fair enough but as players we just need to hold up our hands and say we need to perform better. We had a few meetings and decided we would all knuckle down for the championship."

The return of Joe Sheridan from Boston and a morale-boosting win over Westmeath over the weekend have helped lift the mood in the camp.

"Joe is Joe, he loves a goal.," smiled Queeney. "We done well. It was just a challenge, but we performed well. It's good to have him back. We welcome any player into the panel, especially one of Joe's calibre. He is a good character to have in the dressing-room.

"The Kildare game really knocked a lot out of us. We put so much into that game, played well and could have sneaked a victory. Lord, who knows if we had won that game where it would have taken us. Positivity and having good vibes in our camp is massive. I think the bit of confidence was just drained out of us and then losing to Galway the following week knocked it out of us."

Wicklow have been tipped to cause the first major upset of the summer when they face the Royals at Dr Cullen Park on May 27.

"Anyone can beat anyone. That is the way it has gone in this day and age. We are just going to prepare as well as we can and we won't be afraid of anyone. Wicklow obviously have some positivity in their camp and we are coming from the opposite direction but that is our job to get it right."

Irish Independent