Meath Recap

by louthandproud on June 12, 2016

in County

The wait continues…

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You can’t but feel that this was our best chance to do it in a long time.

League depth

That relegation of 2015 came back to haunt us today.

The gulf between playing the likes of Waterford and Wicklow in the winter told in the early exchanges. We were under so much stress that we went back to our old habits of not running the ball, kicking it away aimlessly and giving their forwards too much space.
We just couldn’t deal with their intensity and pace early on and were forced to foul and dig ourselves an unclimbable hole to get out of. It was the first half where we lost the game.

pace of changes

We needed to hold out on the pitch and on the line and we didn’t.

Cillian O’Sullivan was the best player on the field but the number 12 should have been given more attention. He wasn’t. Eoghan Lafferty came in a week too late to pick him up.

His pace and the pace of Eamonn Wallace and Meath’s entire running game was too hot for us to handle.

5 of Meath forwards scored a combined 19 points and not too mention a number of super saves and blocks by Maguire, Lynch and Reilly.
The worst thing about it was It wasn’t like we didn’t know what to expect here…

Out mid

Our kickouts never got going.
The pitch perhaps was too narrow for Craig’s range?
When we did go short, it was successful but it never seemed to be either quick or on enough.

Meath dominated us when it went long…right from the first kickout Donnacha Tobin caught a high ball over Jim but they seemed to be outnumbering us wherever the ball was aimed and then when it landed on the ground.

paralsyis

Walking out the gates, you get the feeling we didn’t do ourselves justice.

We didn’t go and give them a full rattle we seemed to overthink the game and not run at Meath with a free abandon.
When Conall Mckeever did so in the first attack we won a free but we didn’t do enough of it. Dublin will the next day and watch Meath suffer.

Thankfully, Ryan Burns confirmed he is the real deal, gave Keoghan his fill of it but sadly we couldn’t find him enough or give him sufficient support.

Attacking wise, Our forward play was laboured all day, so you have to ask why the fcuk was Gea McSorley only introduced in the 67th minute!? straightaway he had an impact he gave us a serious injection of pace.

Work in Progress

Where do we go from here? Derry in the short term next Saturday night.

Long term, Division 3 will bring us on no end. Unearth a couple more players and maybe get some back from of emigration too.
Colin Kelly now has a review of his two years with the county board to think about.
Does he want to go again? or will they even give him the go ahead of another year?

Back to the present, Championship day with plenty of momentum behind us today was disappointing to say the least.

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