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Replying To bobkarlgees:  "I missed the game I am away so lmfm for me. Great to get the win hairy moments at the start of the first half with two missed goal chances. But we once again pulled through. Sounded like Flanagan had a poor game. We have to do something about midfield in my opinion as neither mento Shane mc entee are midfielders they are wedged in Flanagan is not up to standard. Something needs to be done here. Is there no midfielders in the county?. At end of the game Lmfm kept staying we are playing Dublin now .it only dawned on me that they had yet to play Kildare.
Genuine mistake but funny. The guy in the studio had to set Mattie and Brendan straight."
I thought Bryan Menton was outstanding! If he is not a mid fielder he did a really good impersonation of one!! That said, Brian Fenton is a different proposition and will really be a test for the Meath mid field.

ASaminthehand (Meath) - Posts: 191 - 10/06/2019 13:34:09    2192871

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Replying To Furlong1949:  "Meath have won 9 competitive games in the championship and league together this year. That is the most competitive ganes Meath have won in 1 season in 13 years. In 2007 we had ten competitive wins in that seasons league and championship. The 9 victories we have achieved so fsr this year and 10 victories we achieved in 2007 , these are most competitive victories Meath have had in one season since we won the All Ireland in 1999. Simply put along with 2007 this is one of our most consistent seasonsand most victories we have had in a season in 20 years. And the season is not over yet , reach the super 8 we could have 10 or 11 victories by the end of the season which would mean this year would be the most competitive wins Meath have had in a season since 1999 ."
This won't compare to 2007 unless we get to an AI semi-formal which we also did in 2009 by the way. We gave the Dubs a game in 2007 and took them to a replay, hard to see that happening in a few weeks time. We've at least to qualify and then be competitive in the Super 8s before we could compare this year to 2009. Lies, damn lies and statistics.

LobinstownMan (Meath) - Posts: 110 - 10/06/2019 13:59:31    2192911

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Replying To superbluedub:  "Yes they will improve , rotate them around the provinces eh ! Give the rest a chance , or split them in 4 , now where did I here this before ?
oh wait :)"
2 will do. 4 is a bit much for now. Also we'll take your money. Your accounts showed you made a 500k surplus with revenues of 4.2m and 7m in the bank. So why exactly do the GAA and sports Council give you so much again?

Jack_Goff (Meath) - Posts: 2851 - 10/06/2019 17:57:36    2193098

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Replying To ASaminthehand:  "I thought Bryan Menton was outstanding! If he is not a mid fielder he did a really good impersonation of one!! That said, Brian Fenton is a different proposition and will really be a test for the Meath mid field."
This matchup is the most important by far, if mento can get the better of Fenton things could be interesting, Fenton such a fabulous footballer dominates the midfield every game

redser123 (Meath) - Posts: 293 - 10/06/2019 18:23:03    2193112

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Replying To Crinigan:  "Fair play to RoyalDunne, you've been talking about Conlon this good while and I wasn't sure about him as I thought him maybe too light. Stunning full debut from him today, just the player we need right now with Shane Walsh hopefully to join panel in next couple of weeks (not inside info necessarily and more so wishful thinking although I know he has been training with seniors at times this year)."
Ahh yeah. I have been banging on about him for a long while now. I don't want to build the young lad up that much, but I am delighted for him to show what he is capable of. A great player who needs to be nurtured going forward. Honestly james could be really special.

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 15996 - 10/06/2019 20:03:12    2193167

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Meath are progressing but I be worried our progress could be shown to be fairly relative if the Dubs give us a tanking. Young Conlon was great but Laois were awful at the back. Meath did not play very well either it has to be said. What is progress or a performance in the Leinster Final. Losing by less than 10 ? , losing by less than 5. Are we progressing at all if we get beat by more than 10 ?

Talking_Sense (Meath) - Posts: 98 - 10/06/2019 23:38:32    2193280

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Replying To Talking_Sense:  "Meath are progressing but I be worried our progress could be shown to be fairly relative if the Dubs give us a tanking. Young Conlon was great but Laois were awful at the back. Meath did not play very well either it has to be said. What is progress or a performance in the Leinster Final. Losing by less than 10 ? , losing by less than 5. Are we progressing at all if we get beat by more than 10 ?"
I stayed for the second match on Sunday - Dublin didn't seem to get out of second gear and still racked up 26 points! I think best judge progress at the end of the year. I (and hate being negative!) can't see us beating Dublin but if we can recover from that and get into the Super 8's - how we fare in that will be a true reflection of our progress!

ASaminthehand (Meath) - Posts: 191 - 11/06/2019 08:26:37    2193322

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I think progress would be losing by less then 10, *provided* we remain competitive for 50-55mins and they draw away.

Meath haven't clicked yet this summer and have no performed to the level of the league final as yet. But I think we will in the final. With O'Sullivan, Keogan, menton and McMahon carrying the ball as direct as they are space will open up for Newman and Conlan. I believe meath will create chances for goals and take a few.

Would like to see Shane mcentee start and obviously Harnan if fit. Thomas O reilly is exciting and a prospect but with conlan putting in that performance I can't see a place for him yet, won't be displacing any of the other 5 forwards who started on Sunday. Meath May want to play long direct ball in given Dublin's challenges which could lead to a surprise pick possibly.

Regardless the progress has been huge this year. It's a long time since I sat in croker and watched meath win well despite not being at their best and no nerves!

Thejoeshow (Meath) - Posts: 391 - 11/06/2019 09:14:06    2193336

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Replying To Furlong1949: "Semi finals are for winning.
As a team we are 12 to 24 months away from being a consistent top 8 team. But we are making serious progress and huge improvements. The improvements since Longford game last year have being seismic. We are the most improved team in the country in last 12 months going from 15th or 16th best team in the country to 8th or 9th best team in the country. There has been real progress. We are an upcoming team building for the future. The manager is in his third year and now is making an impact.

I really admire your optimism and hope your predictions for Meath come true, your information on Meath is very interesting to read and the points you make all indicate a good future for this Meath team. I wouldn't be as excited as you just yet, based on your analysis since last year's loss to Longford I just want to dig a bit deeper into some of those points.

Your progress report since Longford debacle last year
1 First promotion to division 1 in 13 years.
2 First promotion to 8 team division 1 in 20 years
3 First Leinster final appearance in 5 years
4 First victory in Croke Park in 5 years in league or championship.
5 First time we have won 3 championship matches in a row in 9 years.
6 First time we have won 3 championship matches in a row in Leinster in 18 years.

All true and lots to be happy about compared to the last few years.
We were ranked 13th before the league and moved up to 9th ranking before the championship.
You are right we are now beating most Division 2 teams, But I show the rankings of teams we played this year, the first ranking was the ranking before this year's league campaign and the 2nd ranking was before the Championship this year.
We had victories over the following ranked teams: Kildare (7th /11th), Armagh (10th /13th), Laois (11th/17th), Fermanagh (12th), Cork (14th/18th) Tipperary(15th), Clare (16th/14th), Carlow (18th/25th), Offaly (24th).
Almost all the teams we defeated either dropped ranking or remain unchanged between the start of the league and start of the championship and none of them are top 10 teams. Three of the nine teams we beat this year are among the first nine teams to exit the championship (Fermanagh, Carlow who were missing key players and Tipperary who we got hard to beat in Navan).
Yes impressive performances, once v Tyrone (4th) and twice v Donegal (5th /6th) but not the two best teams in the country. The best team is Dublin followed by Kerry and then probably after last weekend Donegal have moved up to third.
I do agree with you that: In every way this year so far has been a huge success. We are talking our best year in 9 years and one of our best years since Sean Boylan left and one of our best years since 2001. It is in the top 4 best years since 2001 All Ireland final appearance, so far and the year has a good bit to go so far.

The Dublin game is going to be massive, hope it will be like the Leinster semi-final on June 28th 2010 and we will be joyfully singing in unison again over towards the Hill, "ye are all very quiet over there".

madmeath (Meath) - Posts: 33 - 11/06/2019 09:39:17    2193348

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