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Meath V Laois - 5 Like(s)
Expecting us to put in a good performance in Croke Park and for the players to enjoy the occasion. A fine summers day in Croke Park is what it's all about and no less than this group of players and management deserve. Laois full forward line is very strong and they play nice brand of football generally. Any changes lads/lassies can see or would like to see made to our approach/starting 15?

Crinigan (Meath) - 26/05/2019 18:20:40

Meath V Laois - 4 Like(s)

Replying To royaldunne:  "If he is fit James McEntee has to start. Think there is a strong case for Conlon to start. Yes he is light, but he is like a rocket. The two who would have to show more from yesterday are Tobin and O'Reilly, neither imo performed to their ability. On a personal note I am hugely disappointed that it is not Westmeath we are facing , obviously where I live and wanting the banter, but also to put a ghost to bed that I feel has haunted some of the players on this team, Graham Reilly, Donal Keogan, Bryan McMahon, Michael Newman, Harnan, etc could all do with drawing a line under that dreadful day, the lowest point in Meath football history. And I feel they would have done it in some style. But Laois it is and they should put down a marker. And hopefully secure a Leinster final spot."
I agree 100% with you on the Westmeath issue. That would have been a very personal game for a lot of the lads and from the Westmeath standpoint; lightning rarely if ever strikes twice. It could have been a brilliant opportunity for this Meath side to express a lot of their frustration at Westmeath's success over the last few years, displacing Meath in a lot of people's minds as a "stronger" side in Leinster this past 5/6 years. But alas, we have Laois. Always a tricky team.

Young_gael (Meath) - 26/05/2019 19:02:31

Meath V Carlow - 3 Like(s)
I also think with everyone fit Flanagan won't start for us. Against a better team we would see what he is lacking. Also think Thomas O'Reilly had a bad game but it was just one of them days that can sometimes happen. Still a definite starter for me in the next game. One trait I like to see with him is he keeps looking for the ball and trying things even if things are going wrong for him. A lot of lads would start hiding so they wouldn't be found out.

Barney123 (Meath) - 26/05/2019 11:37:35

Meath V Carlow - 3 Like(s)

Replying To Evernal:  "Just home with the daughter after having a celebratory Supermacs. Great to get back to Croke Park. It will really suit this Meath team. Flanagan will enjoy the open spaces. My God he was fantastic once space opened up after the sending off. Croke Park will really suit him. Worrying about Thomas O Reilly it must have been an injury because he was lording it about the field looked very impressive, great score too. Gallagher was unreal today. Carlow very dirty from the first minute and deservedly finished with 14. Coogan much improved with his knockouts great save too. Bryan McMahon failed a bit and Cillian O Sullivan too but he did get a bad knock to the head. Great to be back in Croker....hon the Royal!"
What game were you at Thomas had a very poor game it didn't happen for the lad. There is some rubbish wrote on this

meath1977 (Meath) - 26/05/2019 11:44:49

Meath V Carlow - 3 Like(s)
A win by a decent margin and an improved, if not perfect, performance, I'll take that for now. Some very frustrating moments yesterday looking at possession been given away cheaply and the ball being carried into the tackle, young O'Reilly had a bad day, thought Cillian looked a bit off and Tobin gave everything but little worked, I think he was trying too hard at times. Plus points were Harnan who I thought was excellent, the two goals were well worked and well executed, more of that please, Keoghan was his usual class act, we kept out cool in the face of some intimidation and kept going and scoring to the end. Overall a good day and I think we will play better in Croke Park but Laois are on a roll and have good confidence and will relish this game, we must be careful

Richieq (Meath) - 26/05/2019 21:19:59

Meath V Laois - 3 Like(s)
Although the performance was still only 75/80% and there was cold patches in the play, it has to be said that a win like that vs. the current Carlow team is a good result, and well done to the players, panel, and management on a job well done. I think we'd all have taken a 3/4 point win and ran with it. In saying that we are lucky to be avoiding the Kildare/Longford/Dublin side and the players can build on the momentum of the last two games going into Croke Park vs. Laois. The open space will suit this Meath side and it will be a very legitimate test. Laois can play, and will likely set out an attacking game so we can expect some good open-field football to be played. Id stay with the selection from yesterday tbh, the inclusion of Flanagan was a good move for the Carlow game and he should keep his spot. The players have been getting the job done and that cant be taken away from them, regardless of the quality of performance, when all is said and done so far this year they've only lost to Donegal albeit twice, and Kerry in a friendly. They've drawn with Roscommon recently (who beat Mayo) and taken a few fine scalps in the Div.2 campaign. Im maybe getting a bit naive but I think the type of team we have could really do damage in Croke Park against any opposition, and Im buzzing for the Laois game. The big variable is the confidence of the players/management when they meet a tough opposition, which I constantly harp on about but its this team's greatest inhibitor.

Young_gael (Meath) - 26/05/2019 18:53:10

Meath V Laois - 2 Like(s)
Yeah looking forward to this game. Laois are dangerous and are capable of playing long ball into their good full forward line or working it up the pitch so we will have to be good defensively to come away with a win here. Only change I would make is bring Shane McEntee back in for Flanagan if he is fit again. Even if James McEntee is available I would leave Harnan in the half back line to see how he performs.

Barney123 (Meath) - 26/05/2019 18:30:16

Meath V Carlow - 2 Like(s)
Leinster football is plain awful. Meath should be walking to Leinster final (if they miss DUBLIN) every year. Same at Minor it's just awful .

Talking_Sense (Meath) - 26/05/2019 20:02:25

Meath V Carlow - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Evernal:  "Just home with the daughter after having a celebratory Supermacs. Great to get back to Croke Park. It will really suit this Meath team. Flanagan will enjoy the open spaces. My God he was fantastic once space opened up after the sending off. Croke Park will really suit him. Worrying about Thomas O Reilly it must have been an injury because he was lording it about the field looked very impressive, great score too. Gallagher was unreal today. Carlow very dirty from the first minute and deservedly finished with 14. Coogan much improved with his knockouts great save too. Bryan McMahon failed a bit and Cillian O Sullivan too but he did get a bad knock to the head. Great to be back in Croker....hon the Royal!"
O reilly lording it...... holy God I wonder about some people when they come out with statements like that . He's had an excellent year so far and deserved his place buy unfortunately yesterday juts didn't happen for him. No big deal it happens I'd still start him the next day but he had to be taken off . As for Flanagan enjoying the open spaces of croke park!! Where to start with that one. Again thought he was ok at best yesterday but the Carlow midfield had a handle on him. A mobile athletic midfielder would run him ragged in croker. Good to see biggy coming off the bench and chipping in with a couple of scores. 20/25 minute impact sub is the role for him now. As always keogan was brilliant.

Aloblack (Meath) - 26/05/2019 11:53:25

Kildalky V Rathoath - 1 Like(s)
if the ref didnt see anything, how can they give suspensions at all then?

dickie10 (Meath) - 26/05/2019 21:23:42

Kildalky V Rathoath - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Redsalltheway:  "Suspensions and fines given. What more do some people want from Meath CCC?? Let's get back to playing and talking positively about Meath hurling, club and county."
How can we talk positively about meath hurling when the kangaroo court exists The facts remain that this has not been dealt with in a way that you could have confidence in the process

head4dblackspot (Meath) - 26/05/2019 16:28:51

Meath V Laois - 1 Like(s)
Funny to think if we win this, many Dublin fans will have seen us play 3 times! I'm expecting a tough battle but unless we are 5+ down with 15 to go I think our fitness will see us through. The league final experience in Croker will stand to this team. I suppose you could say the same for Laois. They are Div 3 champs yeah? If we win will many of you attend the leinster final? The result is a foregone conclusion and it's not going to be cheap.

Jack_Goff (Meath) - 27/05/2019 02:48:24

Meath V Laois - 1 Like(s)
Looking forward to this nownthelat we know who we are playing. Changes to the team i would suggest would be to bring James McEntee into the backs and push Harnan up to the forwards in place of Tobin. He could sweep around the middle and add a physical presence there with a box to box role. After his display yesterday I do not feel he is a lad we can afford to keep on the bench. Unsure if Flanagan will keep his place or if Shane McEntee will come back in. Suppose that's managements call. Although Flanagan caught plenty of ball his marker was off the field and the game was gone. Not sure what the midfield of Laois is like so the call will come down to that. This will be a challenging game but I think we can cause them trouble with our running game. It will be testing for our full back line as they have big mobile units to target.

Royalio11 (Meath) - 26/05/2019 19:07:11