JOHN MEYLER is just 60 minutes from further enhancing his reputation as Kerry’s hurling messiah.
Having transformed the fortunes of the Kingdom’s senior hurling team that went all the way to the Christy Ring Cup final this season, Meyler’s attention is now solely focussed on Kerry’s U21 hurlers who face Meath this evening an the All-Ireland U21 B final in Semple Stadium, Thurles. Hugely impressive in their one-sided 3-25 to 1-9 All-Ireland semi-final win over Fermanagh, Meyler’s young guns are within touch distance of back-to-back All-Ireland titles at this grade, which would be a huge boost for Kerry hurling.
But the experienced Meyler is wary of a strong Meath team that defeated Roscommon 3-17 to 1-9 in their semi-final.
“Meath beat Kildare in the Leinster final and they played well with their full forward (Neil Heffernan) scoring four goals. They then beat Roscommon in the All-Ireland semi-final. They seemed to run away with the game in the end so they are a very strong team,” Meyler said.
“They have very good forwards who are all scoring well. Their goalkeeper made a couple of good saves against Roscommon so it’s all to play for.”
Kerry will be looking to young stars such as James Flaherty, Shane Nolan and Darragh O’Connell to get the scores that matter. This star trio has been playing with the county’s seniors all season long so big games are expected from them.
Seventeen-year-old Padraig Boyle is another hurler to look out for as he scored an impressive 2-2 when coming off the bench against Fermanagh.
Meath’s manager Kevin Dowd, brother of All-Ireland winner Tommy, will need fine performances from Barry Slevin, Daniel Carthy, Mark O’Sullivan and Neill Heffernan if Meath are to go on and take the spoils.
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