Meath will look to bounce back from their defeat to Dublin in Croke Park two weeks ago when the travel to O’Moore Park, Portlaoise this Monday for the All-Ireland MFC quarter-final against Munster champions Tipperary kick off 2.00pm.
The game will form part of a double header which will also see Leinster champions Dublin take on defeated Munster finalists Cork.
Meath come into this game on the back of that defeat to Dublin but will take heart in the fact that the last time they faced Tipperary way back in March when Meath were on the right side of a 0-10 – 0-09 score line.
They will also be boosted by the news that Conor McGill will be in contention for a starting place. However that good news is offset by the fact that Neil Shorthall will definitely be out with a knee injury.
That defeat in the final to Dublin took some of the gloss of what had been, up to then, a successful provincial campaign for Meath and manager Dave Dolan admits that they just came up short when it matter against Dublin.
“We have to get over the disappointment of the Leinster final and look forward, we have another chance now in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Tipperary,” he said.
“We gave it our best shot, we just ran out of steam, Dublin were much stronger anyway and there’s no point in saying anything different,”
If Meath are to book a spot in the semi-finals then they will have to overcome a huge challenge in the shape of Tipperary who have beaten everything in front of them in Munster and are looking to do the same in the championship.
With players like Greg Henry, Michael Quinlivan and TJ Ryan, Tipperary have become a major force at minor level, something that their manager David Power is keen to point out. “The Munster final win was a culmination of the work that’s been going on with the development squads,” stated Power.
“I’d have an influence in those development squads and you should see all the work that’s going on.
“It’s not just one person, it’s a whole group of people working hard .I just feel if we can hold on to these lads for a few years, we can do something like this at senior football level”.
Monday’s game will be another step up for Tipp but the impression that they have made on the season thus far has been impressive. They would have been buoyed no end by landing the Munster title and that confidence can help them get past Meath and into the All Ireland MFC semi-final.
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