While the Galway footballers missed out on promotion there was some good news today for football in Galway as a whole. Michael Meehan returned to action, as a substitute, for his club team Caltra and inspired them to a come-back-style victory over Williamstown in the Galway Senior Football league.
Caltra were nine points down at half-time and Meehan was introduced early in the second period by under-fire manager Barry Downey. The former Galway forward scored three points and created a goal to help his side seal a one-point win in Division 2A.
27 year-old Meehan has seen his football curtailed over the last two year’s due to a persistent ankle injury that not only threatens his inter-county career, but his footballing career. Current Galway boss Alan Mulholland described it earlier this season as a ‘Paul McGrath style injury’.
The former U-21 All-Ireland winner has long since exhausted all medical avenues and while further surgery has been analysed in the U.S and U.K there is no guarantee it will help the left-footed attacker’s long term aspirations. In short, the cartilage in his ankle is in a degenerated state and simply cannot be replaced.
Sadly, there is no short or long-term solution, so for now, Meehan will have manage his injury as best he can, train and play only when he’s feels fit and able and maybe one day he will wear the famous maroon and white of Galway.