Meath’s new manager Seamus McEnaney has said that he does not blame referee Syl Doyle for his sides defeat to Kildare in yesterday’s Leinster SFC quarter-final at Croke Park.
Doyle red carded Meath’s Brian Farrell for a clash with opponent Emmet Bolton and also disallowed a goal from Graham Geraghty. While he admitted that both decisions were debatable, McEnaney believes that the Royals need to move on and get ready for the qualifiers.
“The feeling is that the two decisions went wrongly against Meath on this occasion. But we’re not in the business of crying about decisions. We need to get on with this and pick ourselves up for three weeks time and that is what we’ll have to do,” said McEnaney.
“We intended on getting ready for a Leinster semi-final but unfortunately that is not the case. I have no doubt there is a great resolve in this group of lads, there is a great spirit in the dressing room and we’ll work and drive it on from here on.”
On the disallowed goal, McEnaney said that it may have been the turning point for Meath if it had stood.
“It was a crucial time in the game with 10 or 11 minutes to go. We would have brought the score-line back to within a point and it would have put Meath on the front foot where it could have been a different result,” said McEnaney.
“But at the end of the day, Kildare with the extra man used the sweeper system and they punished us in the last 10 minutes. We were well in control of the game at half-time but coughed up a couple of scores in the early stages of the second half that cost us dearly and maybe our work rate wasn’t up to as much as we’d like.
“But we fired everything at it. We dropped to 14-men at a crucial part of the game. The goal disallowed was another crucial part.
“At the end of the day these decisions will go for you some days and go against you others. Unfortunately for us, they went against us today.”