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Like true champions Royals saved their best until last

Nadine Doherty


Meath’s incredible level of fitness, tactical nous and skill have taken the game to another degree

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‘There were unlikely heroes who stepped up when their leading scorers were off target.’ Picture by Piaras Ó Mídheach

‘There were unlikely heroes who stepped up when their leading scorers were off target.’ Picture by Piaras Ó Mídheach

Meath manager Eamonn Murray. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Meath manager Eamonn Murray. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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‘There were unlikely heroes who stepped up when their leading scorers were off target.’ Picture by Piaras Ó Mídheach

I played my first senior club game for St Eunan’s of Donegal in 1995 at the age of 12, made my inter-county debut at 15 and finished my playing career almost 20 years later in 2014, winning the Dublin championship with Na Fianna.

That particular group had been together for eight years, and the majority of us were approaching the end of our playing days with hamstrings, knees and resilience all hanging by a thread. We had won a few championships, our last in 2011, and lost the 2012 and 2013 finals. We could easily have walked away but an unspoken agreement was made to give it one last dance.


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