Thursday 22 March 2018

Royal county restoration looks a step closer

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

Meath footballers have been on a long rehabilitation course over the past couple of years and it is possible, but only possible, they may actually be on the road to recovery.

Yesterday, they beat Wexford impressively in the end thanks to the free-taking of Michael Newman and the brilliant score-taking from play by Graham Reilly (above). The ruthlessly efficient performance of corner-back Donal Keoghan, who blotted out the talented Ciaran Lyng, was also a key factor in Meath's success.

However, they still need some urgent repairs before they face Dublin in the Leinster final, most notably at midfield, where they lacked a consistent high catcher and relied deliberately on broken balls.

The ability of their backline to cope with forwards running at them at speed is also open to question but Wexford did not have the penetration in attack to exploit any such weakness.

But Meath in a final never apologise to any opposition. And particularly Dublin, so the Leinster decider promises to be one of the old traditional hell-for-leather contests that have thrilled Croke Park so often over the years.

Irish Independent

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