Another championship failure has left the Royal fans unimpressed, and their team remains outside the top tier of league football. O’Dowd wants to return to attend to unfinished business, but accepts that the decision on his future is out of his hands.
“The clubs in Meath will decide that. I personally wouldn’t step away from this group but there is a lot of discussion and decisions to be made,” he said.
“I have three young kids and work in the Bank of Ireland. I wouldn’t like to walk away from it, put it like that.
“In the past, that instability has hampered Meath’s progress but as I say, it’s up to the clubs to decide the future.”
For Tyrone boss Mickey Harte, this two-point win was all about the result, and staying in the hunt for Sam.
“Meath were suffering from the fact they had conceded a lot of scores in their previous two matches.
“We were wary of the fact they had scored 2-10 in one half against Westmeath and wanted to make sure they weren’t scoring like that against us,” he said.
“We had hoped to be able to muster up more than three points (in the first half) while doing that, but we didn’t. But again, that’s what you have to do in this qualifier system. In knockout games you have to play on days when you’re not very fluent.
“It is all about a result. That may sounded clichéd but in this particular situation, it is all about the result.”
Peter Harte’s second-half penalty was the score that broke Meath’s resolve and secured Tyrone’s place in this morning’s draw.
“A goal in that game was going to be critical for either side. He’s hit a few in the past anyway, and long may it continue,” added Harte.