THE post-match headlines were dominated by the controversial climax to yesterday’s Leinster final but away from the furore surrounding Joe Sheridan’s goal, the Meath camp admitted that they had been fortunate to claim the title after a patchy performance over the 70 minutes. Meath were anointed as provincial champions after blitzing Dublin for five goals in the Leinster semi-final yet they struggled to match those expectations here.
IT mattered little to the Tipperary management that they secured their first victory in the National Football League yesterday in Semple Stadium by beating a Meath side which performed well below the standard normally expected from the Royals.
THERE could hardly be a more distinct difference in Kerry’s build-up to tomorrow’s All-Ireland football semi-final meeting with Meath in Croke Park from their game a month ago against a Dublin side which had performed impressively on the way to a fifth consecutive Leinster title.
THE Meath football team of 2009 are beginning to defy all handy categorisation. For a county whose rivers have run dry for a decade now, we would have thought getting to the last eight of the All-Ireland Championship would’ve sated the appetite and anything after that was for embellishment.
EAMONN O’BRIEN doesn’t like looking back. So, when he took over the management of the Meath footballers from Colm Coyle last winter he wasn’t too preoccupied with what had happened over the course of a campaign which had ended with a humiliating defeat to Limerick in a first-round qualifier game.