Meath Recap

by louthandproud on January 18, 2016

in County

Preface: yesterday was not a moral victory.


We were beaten in a game we should have won. Here’s the positives.

Once you get over the sickening loss and thoughts of missing out on a final . There was some comfort in yesterday’s viewing and if can’t see it hopefully I’ll point them out for you.


Let’s start with a reminder that this was the O’Byrne cup our aim this year is to get out of Division 4
And to get another crack at Meath in the Championship yesterday will make this already group hard working group of Louth players work even harder to make that happen.

The comeback alone showed the character this group possesses.


We’ve unearthed a natural born sweeper and who’d of thought It would come in the form of Corner forward Derek Maguire!
He shone yesterday, intercepted a lot of Meath kick passes and got through a Trojan amount of work and scored a superb point from distance.

Derek’s powerful running out of defence is key to his suitability there. It relieves the pressure off our defence and starts our attacks with purpose.

He’s getting better and better as the games go on. Masterstroke by new coach Paddy Crozier.
Positionally in the Gaelic grounds he was huge positive for the system as well.


The first half when we let Meath build a lead was our downfall. We failed to get quality ball to our two men up top and when we did it was turned over too easily.
It killed us.
However, It forced Jim to come out on the forty to spray the ball about and we got back in the game too.

Three positives here.
1 We now know our forward line, 2. by the second half we adapted and ran the ball much better showing we learned and 3 with Burnsey and Grimes and Judge to come in we have options. Match winning options.

Those three positives will secure us promotion from division 4. No doubt about it.


Tons and tons of fellas not only put up their hand yesterday some of them put both of them up and the sleeves of a starting jersey slipped on over them.

Experienced fellas aside.
In no particular order, Darren McMahon, Tommy D, Conall McKeever, James Stewart and Craig Lynch are all there on a perch now to be knocked off.
So with two full weeks before we play London competition for places will be savage. That bodes so well for the league opener and our season in general.


The system worked yesterday. We were never out of the game and won’t be all year because of it.

We are set up so we won’t be overrun at any stage or concede goals like we did last year either. Biggest positive of all.

Division 4 like the rest of Monday should be a doddle after reading this.

Your thoughts on yesterday’s game? Post them below and not on Hoganstand!

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Red/Black January 20, 2016 at 4:41 pm

Fair play to you ken for your optimism!!!But that Meath team had a lot of players missing and were down to 14 men!!!I would bet any amount of money on it that any Div 2/3 team would beat that Louth team easily!!That’s not me being negative,Im just stating its a poor squad and nothing will change until management does!!Only a few months ago everyone was calling for Kelly to be gone now we have beaten a weak Kildare team and a bunch of students and suddenly its Great manager, Super Team, Excellent tactics BLAH BLAH BLAH.If we don’t get promoted from Div 4 this year it will be the same again!!!

Ken O Heiligh January 19, 2016 at 3:05 pm

There is most definitely improvements on the Louth team and they are playing good team football.

While we didn’t get that all important win on Sunday we did seen a relatively new Louth team put it up to a division 2 side. Who were very lucky to get the win.

There is always room for improvement and I would love to see the Team head to the Curragh for a week of training and team building.

I have to believe that Change in Louth GAA will come.

An Lú Abu

Louth Gael January 18, 2016 at 11:33 pm

Encouraging performance with team formation and setup a definite plus vs. last year which will give Louth a definite chance in games vs. Div 4 & 3 opponents when teams are all in and around their peak. Gotta dig deep and diagnose why Louth lost another game they should have won, has happened too often to just shrug it off as their is a deep rooted issue that will tear its head again when things are tight and a lot is on the line. Saying all that, should get promotion from div4, beat Carlow in championship and then Meath will beat us in a game we should have won.

Red/Black January 18, 2016 at 7:19 pm

Ken you must be joking!!!This team does not have the capability to reach Div 2!!certainly a good chance with winning Div 4 but That’s the limit in my opinion

Ken O Heiligh January 18, 2016 at 8:44 am

I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole game and It was an enjoyable game of football to watch.
This new Louth team have good structure and the capability to return to division 2.
An Lú Abu

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