Royals Ready To Rumble
Thirteen years is a long time to go without top flight football for a county of Meath’s stature. It’s no surprise that spirits are high in the Royal county ahead of their league final against Donegal this weekend. Having already secured promotion, the Meath men look to avenge their only loss of the campaign against their division 2 counterparts.
Saturday evening’s game in Croke Park might be a bonus fixture in theory, however Andy McEntee’s side will relish the opportunity to send out a signal to the best teams in the country who will be welcomed back to Navan in 2020.
Leinster Football needs Meath
After losing out narrowly to last years All-Ireland finalists (Tyrone), Meath should believe they’re capable of competing for ultimate honours in this years Championship. With an opening round fixture against Offaly on May 12th, a Leinster Quarter-final place is at stake against Carlow.
It’s been 9 years since any county has managed to topple Dublin for Leinster glory, recent seasons suggest the Dub’s are a class apart however neutrals longing for a resurgence in competitiveness might fancy Meath to mount a charge in 2019.
This Meath side appear to have a youthful spring in their step, a win on Saturday might just fuel them with the confidence to challenge their old rivals for provincial honours, but for now McEntee’s men will take it one step at a time
Donegal v Meath, 17:00 Croke Park
The pressure will be off the Royals as they are listed as underdogs with bookmakers. Meath’s forwards have shared scoring responsibility in the league so far which should give the Donegal defence plenty to think about, top scorer Mickey Newman has averaged 3.5 pts per game. Conor McGill is expected to pick up Michael Murphy if the Donegal talisman is deployed at full forward.
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By Ciaran Cunningham, 26/03/19