All the talk in the build up to this weekend’s O’Byrne Cup Quarter Final between Louth and Meath has been of another match with a controversial ending.
For Louth fans the painful memories of Joe Sheridan’s “goal” in the 2010 Leinster Senior Final are hard to banish but Meath manager Seamus McEnaney feels the time is right for both sides to move on.
“Surely to God it is time everybody just left that in the past. As far as we in the Meath dressing-room are concerned, that saga is over. It has been put to bed.” Said McEnaney
One person who is not moving on is Graham Geraghty. The 39 year old is named in the 26 man squad the squad for the first time this season and is likely to feature from the bench.
Of course memories like 2010 are harder to forget when they deny you a first Leinster title in over fifty years but manager Peter Fitzpatrick will have his mind firmly on the current squad of players
The Louth manager has plenty of injury concerns ahead of their first competitive outing of the season.
Currently missing from the panel are goalkeepers Seán Connor and Neil Gallagher, defenders Eamonn McAuley, Declan Byrne, Aaron Hoey and Ger Hoey, midfielder Paddy Keenan, and forwards Mark Brennan and Shane Lennon.
The result is a young side with five debutants in the line up Dwayne Cosby will start in goal, and David Collier gets the nod at full back. His St Fechins teammate Ronan Holcroft is one of three members of the forward line up making their debut along with Cathal Bellew and Eoin O’Connor .
The memory of 2010 may have been banished by both sides but Louth will still be out for revenge having received a thumping three goal defeat from Meath the last time two sides met. However with so many injuries a win might be too much to ask.