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Replying To bdbuddah:  "Heard that, Colm Bally the Louth man is supposed to be very good coach. Overall preparation has been improved since McEntee came in, also I have heard Meath are susposed to be raising more money so can afford to prepare the team better than before."
Nally I mean, predictive text gone wrong.

bdbuddah (Meath) - Posts: 522 - 11/06/2019 15:59:12    2193554

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Meath have to buck the trend in some sort of an apocalyptic way in order for them to stay within 10 points of the Dubs here.

Donegalman (None) - Posts: 3481 - 11/06/2019 16:17:42    2193562

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The bookies have the handicap for this at -12 which I think is pretty on the money and in fact expect it to be a slightly bigger winning margin. I've watched Meath's three games so far in the championship in person and while yes they are showing signs of improvement they are still a huge way off Dublin. Offaly should have beaten them in Navan, Carlow had a whole host of issues leading into game 2 so I wouldn't overly read into that and if Laois the last day had their shooting boots on the result would have been a hell of a lot closer. I'd love if we got a tight game but nothing I've seen would worry me in the slightest from Meath. James Conlon is a handy player but I'm reserving full judgement on him until he goes out and scores 0-5 against a Mick Fitzsimons or Davy Byrne. That for me simply ain't gonna happen. This is where Meath want to be and is the first real measure of where they are at versus the top team of the last few years.

TrueBlue35 (Dublin) - Posts: 98 - 11/06/2019 16:20:50    2193563

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Fans like Furlong and RD are real fans. Oldschool passion, the games misses fans like these lads, totally my ilk!!

realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 7387 - 11/06/2019 16:38:29    2193577

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Replying To TrueBlue35:  "The bookies have the handicap for this at -12 which I think is pretty on the money and in fact expect it to be a slightly bigger winning margin. I've watched Meath's three games so far in the championship in person and while yes they are showing signs of improvement they are still a huge way off Dublin. Offaly should have beaten them in Navan, Carlow had a whole host of issues leading into game 2 so I wouldn't overly read into that and if Laois the last day had their shooting boots on the result would have been a hell of a lot closer. I'd love if we got a tight game but nothing I've seen would worry me in the slightest from Meath. James Conlon is a handy player but I'm reserving full judgement on him until he goes out and scores 0-5 against a Mick Fitzsimons or Davy Byrne. That for me simply ain't gonna happen. This is where Meath want to be and is the first real measure of where they are at versus the top team of the last few years."
Look I think that's fair analysis, we're decent but we have a long way to go yet.

I think we're doing more right than wrong all round, (ie, underage structures, management, hopefully county championship aswell soon), whereas in the recent past this certainly wasn't the case.

But it can't be understated how low we were when McEntee took over in 2016, we were a shambles losing big leads at an alarmimg rate, confidence was at a near all time low. McEntee is an absolute dog for hard work, and will demand the highest possible workrate out of every single player and that's great to see. Also he has good pedigree, managing the Meath minors to the All-Ireland final in 2012 and Ballyboden to the club All-Ireland in 2016.

Our performances haven't been spectacular so far in the championship this year but the difference is at least we're winning games we were losing. Will this be enough to beat Dublin (because quite honestly that's the ambition, merely 'putting it up to them' isn't enough, you have to aim higher), hard to see but we'll hold on to hope, sure why the hell not.

Htaem (Meath) - Posts: 8116 - 11/06/2019 17:26:50    2193595

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Replying To TrueBlue35:  "The bookies have the handicap for this at -12 which I think is pretty on the money and in fact expect it to be a slightly bigger winning margin. I've watched Meath's three games so far in the championship in person and while yes they are showing signs of improvement they are still a huge way off Dublin. Offaly should have beaten them in Navan, Carlow had a whole host of issues leading into game 2 so I wouldn't overly read into that and if Laois the last day had their shooting boots on the result would have been a hell of a lot closer. I'd love if we got a tight game but nothing I've seen would worry me in the slightest from Meath. James Conlon is a handy player but I'm reserving full judgement on him until he goes out and scores 0-5 against a Mick Fitzsimons or Davy Byrne. That for me simply ain't gonna happen. This is where Meath want to be and is the first real measure of where they are at versus the top team of the last few years."
Whats about these performances forget laois and Carlow
1 Tyrone All Ireland finalist last year. Meath played real passion and intensity and went toe to toe with Tyrone. Only a point from Tyrone in 6th min of injury time stops Meath beating the All Ireland finalist.
2 Donegal in Ballybofey a few months ago. For 65 mins Meath played quality div 1 football.
3 Donegal in Croker a few months. For 35 mins Meath were much superior. 9 points up after 15 mins; 5 up at half time. Meath lead to the last ten mins. Brillant attacking football in first 35 mins. Did u not see that.
4 Roscommon in Roscommon last year. Drawn with Connscht champions and div 2 champions in the Hyde last year. Only a peno scored by Roscommon in 4th min of injury time secure the draw for Rossies.
5 Galway 2 years ago. Meath played brillianty v Galway two years and defeated them, only kerry Dublin and Meath have beaten Galway in the league in the last 2 years.
6 Donegal 2 years ago. The lead changes 8 times. Meath played with great passion and intensity. Game level after 70 mins where a Paddy McBreaty wonder point secures victory.

That six games against 6 quality teams. People are ignoring Meath brillant performance v Tyrone All Ireland finalist, Brillant performance v best team in Ulster in Croker and Ballybofey in this spring eg Donegal and Meaths brillant performances v Connacht champions in last two years Galway and Roscommon.

And Meaths brillant performance in second half v kildare in the league. Where Meath showed the old never say die spirit of old. Or the 6 point win v Armagh a few months ago. Meath were 9 up at one stage playing some excellent attacking football.

If Meath play with intensity they showed v Tyrone last year and the second half v kildare this year and perform to the standard of the quality football they produced v Donegal in Ballybofey, v Donegal in first half in Croker and v Armagh in Navan , Dublin will not hammer Meath. It will be a contest and Meath will go toe to toe with Dublin. It will be closest contest in leinster since 2012 2013 when Meath lost by 3 points in 2012 and Meath led at half time and where the best team in first half and the game was in the balance til last ten mins in 2013.

I talked 6 Meath people in the last 24 hours face to face about the match in Meath and every single one of them expects Meath to put it up to Dublin and everyone of them are saying Meath can win. Thousands of thousands of Meath supporters when the ball is thrown in 23rd will believe we can win. Many in Meath wouldnt but the traditions of Meath football the quality of the manager and players football they have played in last 12 months. Meath expects. Other counties expect to be beaten by Dublin. Meath expects to put Dublin to the pin of their collar.

The feeling the intensity of 15 Meath dogs of war , eating the Dubs for every single ball like their lifes depended on it. We know the reality of the challenge. We know how strong Dublin r. We know its a mircale we need. But Meath football versus Dublin football has always being a miracle act. Every time we have beaten the Dubs it has been a mircae act from 1947 to 1952 to 1964 to 1975 to 1986 to 1991 to 1996 to 2001 to 2007 to 2010 all the 36 times we have beaten Dublin in league and championship has been act of miracle performances. Thats Meath football v Dublin . It proving that the impossible is possible.

In 1964 Dublin r reigning All Ireland champions. Meath are rank outsiders going into leinster final. 3 Quinn brother on the Meath team from Kilbride. Their father is a very sick man. The priest is sent for the father. The 3 brothers decide they shouldn't play in leinster final because of father ailing health. Their father on his death bed asks them to come to his room. And tells them to play in the leinster final v the Dubs. Next day three brother say goodbye to their father and in Croke Park perform greatest Meath performance v Dublin in a leinster final ever. And aganinst all odds Meath are crowned leinster champions. That night the 3 Quinn brothers from kilbride bring back the leinster cup to the fathers homeplace. In the following few days the father passes away.

The Quinn brothers, Sean Boylan , Peter McDermont, Mattie Kerrigan , Fr Tully, Mick lyons Liam Harnan, Gerry McEntee, Colm O Rourke, Darren Fay , John McDermont, Trevour Giles , Ollie Murphy, Graham Geraghty, Joe Sheridan , Stephen Bray never bowed to Dublin. Men from kilmainhamwood , Curraha , Navan , Bettystown , Skyrne , Summerhill , Nobber , Dunboyne , Ashbourne, Rsthoath , Rathkenny , Moynalvey never bow to Dublin. Men with the name McEntee from Nobber , Harnan from Moynalvey, Keoghan from Rathkenny and Newman from kilmainhamwood never bow to Dublin. We respect the Dubs even sneakily admire their great team. We enjoy the company of their great supporters. But when its leinster final day two tribes go to war and for Meath this is the closest to war without guns and tanks u can get. With just heart and soul and hands and legs 15 Meath men will fight like their whole family and neighbours lifes depended on it to bring back the Delaney cup. It matters.

Meath v Dublin matters more to Meath more then any other thing. Meath v Dublin it matters more to us more then anything its beyond a religious experience. It beyond words.

Mick lyons once said he was prepared to die to beat Dublin , put his life on the line to beat Dublin. It just matters that much to us. If we lose we lose . If we lose badly , we lose badly. But it is not question if Meath will beat Dublin its a question when so why not on the 23rd why bloody not.
Theyre are three certain things in life. The three certain things in life are paying taxes , dying and Meath beating Dublin in leinster finals in June or July. We have been doing for 100 years we do it for another hundred. It is passion, it is believe it everything to our county. Beating Dublin in leinster final is what Meath as a county stands for it is in our blood and dna and what we were put on this earth to do. Go toe to toe with men from the capital in front of hill 16.

The challenge is mighty but we wouldn't want it any other way in Meath. The more difficult the challenge the more we like it. The better the Dubs r , the more we raise our game. Its just part of living in the Royal county. To others they say Dublin are the greatest, to us they r just Dublin nothing more more nothing kess. To others they are invincible to us they are beatable. To others they are in awe to us we are hungry to knock them from their throne knock them from their pedestal. The higher the pedestal the higher the fall. The higher pedestal Dublin are o the higher Mesth jump and stronger we tackle gto topple Dublin from their pedestal.

The Dubs u have been warned. The Meath backlash has begun. 4 victories at minor in 4 years. Even youngster of 16 or 17 years of age in Meath have got the memo. Its only Dublin. 15 v 15 . Go out and beat them. We are now getting stronger by the year, by the week by the day and the countdown to Meaths next victory over Dublin is on way. Is it three years away , is it two years away or is it one year away or OR is it two weeks away. Take ur pick. Its any of the above. It just to be done. No ifs no buts no whinging no moaning. Just its mid June the hay is saved and The Dubs are beaten. A Meath war rallying cry for generations in the past and for generations in the future. And for this Meath generation of footballers it is here it now, it is time to become real Meath footballers For to be a real Meath footballer u have to beat Dublin in a leinster final. The real test for every Meath footballer. The gaunlet has been thrown down and the torch has passed to a new generation and standing on the shoulder of gaint the time of deliverance is here.
June 23rd Meath rock the Dubs and the GAA to it very foundations
Meath Leinster champions 2019

Furlong1949 (Meath) - Posts: 770 - 11/06/2019 18:16:47    2193621

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Replying To TrueBlue35:  "The bookies have the handicap for this at -12 which I think is pretty on the money and in fact expect it to be a slightly bigger winning margin. I've watched Meath's three games so far in the championship in person and while yes they are showing signs of improvement they are still a huge way off Dublin. Offaly should have beaten them in Navan, Carlow had a whole host of issues leading into game 2 so I wouldn't overly read into that and if Laois the last day had their shooting boots on the result would have been a hell of a lot closer. I'd love if we got a tight game but nothing I've seen would worry me in the slightest from Meath. James Conlon is a handy player but I'm reserving full judgement on him until he goes out and scores 0-5 against a Mick Fitzsimons or Davy Byrne. That for me simply ain't gonna happen. This is where Meath want to be and is the first real measure of where they are at versus the top team of the last few years."
is a handy player but I'm reserving full judgement on him until he goes out and scores 0-5 against a Mick Fitzsimons or Davy Byrne

Was Bernard Brogan a star at 20 years of age, 4 appearance for his county or did he get marked much by backs with 5 or 6 all ireland medals in their back pocket in his early days ?

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WhyTheLongFace (Meath) - Posts: 795 - 11/06/2019 18:44:06    2193630

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16/1 Meath, sure you'd have to!

realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 7387 - 11/06/2019 18:53:14    2193634

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Replying To TrueBlue35:  "The bookies have the handicap for this at -12 which I think is pretty on the money and in fact expect it to be a slightly bigger winning margin. I've watched Meath's three games so far in the championship in person and while yes they are showing signs of improvement they are still a huge way off Dublin. Offaly should have beaten them in Navan, Carlow had a whole host of issues leading into game 2 so I wouldn't overly read into that and if Laois the last day had their shooting boots on the result would have been a hell of a lot closer. I'd love if we got a tight game but nothing I've seen would worry me in the slightest from Meath. James Conlon is a handy player but I'm reserving full judgement on him until he goes out and scores 0-5 against a Mick Fitzsimons or Davy Byrne. That for me simply ain't gonna happen. This is where Meath want to be and is the first real measure of where they are at versus the top team of the last few years."
As you say there are signs of improvement, however little indication that we are yet at a level to challange Dublin. Gave both Offaly and to a lesser extent Laois plenty of chances to trouble us. Bigest problem I see is Meath have no experience of playing at the intensity that the Dubs will bring, we got a small taste against Donegal in second half of Div Two League final and were found wanting. Unfortunatly no amount of training can prepare for this. That is why promotion to Division One was vital, even more vital is that we remain there for a number of years to gain that much need experience. Still delighted to be back in a Leinster final and have no doubt lads will give it everything, they need and deserve our support on the day.

seadog54 (Meath) - Posts: 1194 - 11/06/2019 19:04:13    2193640

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Replying To DUBJOHN:  "Yeah RD seen young Conlon playing yesterday, very good player but he was playing against Laois, do you think he'll be allowed run riot like that against Dublin, i know the answer to that and so do you if you're truthful!"
He is one of the top young forwards in the country. In fairness even at the Carlow match the dubs backroom taking notes in reserved area leaned over to me to ask me about him, I jokingly told him where to go. But they were very impressed with him. Honestly once we can keep him safe and fit he will light up Croke park for years to come

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 15256 - 11/06/2019 19:23:57    2193650

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Replying To Htaem:  "Good post, but I have to pull you up on point number 5 there, it's not our biggest Leinster semi win in 24 years, what about 2010 = Meath 5-9, Dublin 0-13 that was also 11 points :-)"
Lol. I love it. :)

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 15256 - 11/06/2019 19:27:11    2193653

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I have a feeling Meath put in some good performances against some of the better teams in the country over the last 2 years. Be great if someone could collate the list & post it for clarity.

KildareKelly (Kildare) - Posts: 539 - 11/06/2019 19:39:27    2193658

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Replying To Furlong1949:  "Whats about these performances forget laois and Carlow
1 Tyrone All Ireland finalist last year. Meath played real passion and intensity and went toe to toe with Tyrone. Only a point from Tyrone in 6th min of injury time stops Meath beating the All Ireland finalist.
2 Donegal in Ballybofey a few months ago. For 65 mins Meath played quality div 1 football.
3 Donegal in Croker a few months. For 35 mins Meath were much superior. 9 points up after 15 mins; 5 up at half time. Meath lead to the last ten mins. Brillant attacking football in first 35 mins. Did u not see that.
4 Roscommon in Roscommon last year. Drawn with Connscht champions and div 2 champions in the Hyde last year. Only a peno scored by Roscommon in 4th min of injury time secure the draw for Rossies.
5 Galway 2 years ago. Meath played brillianty v Galway two years and defeated them, only kerry Dublin and Meath have beaten Galway in the league in the last 2 years.
6 Donegal 2 years ago. The lead changes 8 times. Meath played with great passion and intensity. Game level after 70 mins where a Paddy McBreaty wonder point secures victory.

That six games against 6 quality teams. People are ignoring Meath brillant performance v Tyrone All Ireland finalist, Brillant performance v best team in Ulster in Croker and Ballybofey in this spring eg Donegal and Meaths brillant performances v Connacht champions in last two years Galway and Roscommon.

And Meaths brillant performance in second half v kildare in the league. Where Meath showed the old never say die spirit of old. Or the 6 point win v Armagh a few months ago. Meath were 9 up at one stage playing some excellent attacking football.

If Meath play with intensity they showed v Tyrone last year and the second half v kildare this year and perform to the standard of the quality football they produced v Donegal in Ballybofey, v Donegal in first half in Croker and v Armagh in Navan , Dublin will not hammer Meath. It will be a contest and Meath will go toe to toe with Dublin. It will be closest contest in leinster since 2012 2013 when Meath lost by 3 points in 2012 and Meath led at half time and where the best team in first half and the game was in the balance til last ten mins in 2013.

I talked 6 Meath people in the last 24 hours face to face about the match in Meath and every single one of them expects Meath to put it up to Dublin and everyone of them are saying Meath can win. Thousands of thousands of Meath supporters when the ball is thrown in 23rd will believe we can win. Many in Meath wouldnt but the traditions of Meath football the quality of the manager and players football they have played in last 12 months. Meath expects. Other counties expect to be beaten by Dublin. Meath expects to put Dublin to the pin of their collar.

The feeling the intensity of 15 Meath dogs of war , eating the Dubs for every single ball like their lifes depended on it. We know the reality of the challenge. We know how strong Dublin r. We know its a mircale we need. But Meath football versus Dublin football has always being a miracle act. Every time we have beaten the Dubs it has been a mircae act from 1947 to 1952 to 1964 to 1975 to 1986 to 1991 to 1996 to 2001 to 2007 to 2010 all the 36 times we have beaten Dublin in league and championship has been act of miracle performances. Thats Meath football v Dublin . It proving that the impossible is possible.

In 1964 Dublin r reigning All Ireland champions. Meath are rank outsiders going into leinster final. 3 Quinn brother on the Meath team from Kilbride. Their father is a very sick man. The priest is sent for the father. The 3 brothers decide they shouldn't play in leinster final because of father ailing health. Their father on his death bed asks them to come to his room. And tells them to play in the leinster final v the Dubs. Next day three brother say goodbye to their father and in Croke Park perform greatest Meath performance v Dublin in a leinster final ever. And aganinst all odds Meath are crowned leinster champions. That night the 3 Quinn brothers from kilbride bring back the leinster cup to the fathers homeplace. In the following few days the father passes away.

The Quinn brothers, Sean Boylan , Peter McDermont, Mattie Kerrigan , Fr Tully, Mick lyons Liam Harnan, Gerry McEntee, Colm O Rourke, Darren Fay , John McDermont, Trevour Giles , Ollie Murphy, Graham Geraghty, Joe Sheridan , Stephen Bray never bowed to Dublin. Men from kilmainhamwood , Curraha , Navan , Bettystown , Skyrne , Summerhill , Nobber , Dunboyne , Ashbourne, Rsthoath , Rathkenny , Moynalvey never bow to Dublin. Men with the name McEntee from Nobber , Harnan from Moynalvey, Keoghan from Rathkenny and Newman from kilmainhamwood never bow to Dublin. We respect the Dubs even sneakily admire their great team. We enjoy the company of their great supporters. But when its leinster final day two tribes go to war and for Meath this is the closest to war without guns and tanks u can get. With just heart and soul and hands and legs 15 Meath men will fight like their whole family and neighbours lifes depended on it to bring back the Delaney cup. It matters.

Meath v Dublin matters more to Meath more then any other thing. Meath v Dublin it matters more to us more then anything its beyond a religious experience. It beyond words.

Mick lyons once said he was prepared to die to beat Dublin , put his life on the line to beat Dublin. It just matters that much to us. If we lose we lose . If we lose badly , we lose badly. But it is not question if Meath will beat Dublin its a question when so why not on the 23rd why bloody not.
Theyre are three certain things in life. The three certain things in life are paying taxes , dying and Meath beating Dublin in leinster finals in June or July. We have been doing for 100 years we do it for another hundred. It is passion, it is believe it everything to our county. Beating Dublin in leinster final is what Meath as a county stands for it is in our blood and dna and what we were put on this earth to do. Go toe to toe with men from the capital in front of hill 16.

The challenge is mighty but we wouldn't want it any other way in Meath. The more difficult the challenge the more we like it. The better the Dubs r , the more we raise our game. Its just part of living in the Royal county. To others they say Dublin are the greatest, to us they r just Dublin nothing more more nothing kess. To others they are invincible to us they are beatable. To others they are in awe to us we are hungry to knock them from their throne knock them from their pedestal. The higher the pedestal the higher the fall. The higher pedestal Dublin are o the higher Mesth jump and stronger we tackle gto topple Dublin from their pedestal.

The Dubs u have been warned. The Meath backlash has begun. 4 victories at minor in 4 years. Even youngster of 16 or 17 years of age in Meath have got the memo. Its only Dublin. 15 v 15 . Go out and beat them. We are now getting stronger by the year, by the week by the day and the countdown to Meaths next victory over Dublin is on way. Is it three years away , is it two years away or is it one year away or OR is it two weeks away. Take ur pick. Its any of the above. It just to be done. No ifs no buts no whinging no moaning. Just its mid June the hay is saved and The Dubs are beaten. A Meath war rallying cry for generations in the past and for generations in the future. And for this Meath generation of footballers it is here it now, it is time to become real Meath footballers For to be a real Meath footballer u have to beat Dublin in a leinster final. The real test for every Meath footballer. The gaunlet has been thrown down and the torch has passed to a new generation and standing on the shoulder of gaint the time of deliverance is here.
June 23rd Meath rock the Dubs and the GAA to it very foundations
Meath Leinster champions 2019"
Great post Furlong. Should be pinned up on the Meath dressing room wall. Dont know about your geography though. Are you forgetting the near 30 mile corridor that travels from Kells to Lough Sheelin via Oldcastle. A lot more All Ireland medal winners in this area than in the likes of Curraha and Ratoath etc and absolutely no dis respect to these areas.

Triple H (Meath) - Posts: 537 - 11/06/2019 19:45:37    2193659

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Replying To DUBJOHN:  "Id be very disappointed if we only won by 5-6 points, anything between 10 - 15 points at least would be more like it, i think the meath fans are getting a bit carried away by the win over LAOIS! Having said that i suppose you have to believe otherwise what's the point in following your team? I don't mean to be derogatory to meath but they're miles behind Dublin in every aspect of the game and i think they'll be in for a rude awakening on Leinster final day!"
Not one of us is basing our opinions on Laois game. That's just simply not right. We didn't play to what we can v Laois, we are basing it on the whole year. We know we better than that. And come Leinster final so will Dublin.

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 15256 - 11/06/2019 19:46:20    2193660

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Replying To realdub:  "Fans like Furlong and RD are real fans. Oldschool passion, the games misses fans like these lads, totally my ilk!!"
Ahh people like us realdub are a dying breed .

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 15256 - 11/06/2019 19:51:33    2193662

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Replying To Triple H:  "Great post Furlong. Should be pinned up on the Meath dressing room wall. Dont know about your geography though. Are you forgetting the near 30 mile corridor that travels from Kells to Lough Sheelin via Oldcastle. A lot more All Ireland medal winners in this area than in the likes of Curraha and Ratoath etc and absolutely no dis respect to these areas."
Thanks for the comments Triple H.

And u r right to pull me up for leaving out kells and Oldcastle that part of the county. While Im not from that part of the county. It is one of my favourite parts of the county. Great footballers from that part of the county. And every great Meath team is backboned by men from 30 mile corridor from kells via Oldcastle. Hardy men with plenty of football skill. U were right for pointing that out to me.

I probaly need to calm down now. If we get hammered I will be put in my box very quickly. But I just cannot wait for the leinster final. Every day Im getting more excited . Meath v Dublin leinster finals bring out an unreal passion and a passion in most Meath supporters. I dont think people realise even the Dubs what Meath v Dublin means to Meath peoole. I dont mean to be disrespectful to the Dubs in my comments. I try and show respect for every county. But Meath v Dublin is different. Its a rivalry and rivalries are vicious at their core.

We respect Dublin. And in way its a compliment to Dublin how much we value beating them. Dublin gaa is a special part of football in this country. Its becauae of that we value beating Dublin so much. U need a special group of footballers to beat Dublin. They are and always have been the most difficult opponent to beat in football. U need men of skill character courage and bravery to beat the Dubs. Its actually a compliment to Dublin. So I hope Im not disrespectful , but Meath v Dublin is just for Meath supporter a different beast of a game to any game for Meath people. Its bigger then an All Ireland its bigger then a world cup in soccer or rugby. It is everything Meath stands for.

So Im sure I am over the top to some. And say Dublin supporters who have being following Dubs since the mid 00s or last ten years wud find my comments maybe ridiculous. But I think older Dublin supporters on here from 70s 80s and 90s and early 00s will kind of get it. Only when u were at Meath v Dublin leinster finals in the 70s 80s and 90s u would know how there was a smell of suphur and a touch of violence and unreal.tension in the air when Meath v Dublin went to war. Remwber in 12 years in 80s and 90s there was 9 Meath v Dublin leinster finals in 12 years. There was 5 Meath v Dublin leinster finals in a row from 1986 to 1990. The games were titanic battles. Anyway here is the all Meath v Dublin leinster finals in the last 70 years.

Since 1983 where the real modern Meath v Dublin rivalry begins. There has been 14 Meath v Dublin leinater finals in the last 35 years . There has been no draw and 7 wins for Meath and 7 wins for Dublin in the last 14 leinster finals between Meath v Dublin.

Meath and Dublin have met 28 times in leinster championship since 1983.
With 5 draws, 11 Meath victories over Dublin and 12 Dublin victories over Meath. So Meath v Dublin modern rivalry which began in 1983 is a very close rivalry.


1955 The first proper Meath v Dublin leinster final. 15 Dublin men v 15 Meath men. Before this Dublin had teams full of county players. Meath are aging team after winning All Ireland the year beforehand with the oldest team ever to win Sam. By 1955 Meath players legs are gone. Kevin Heffernan invents the roaming inside forward and brings Paddy O Brien a merry dance of Croke Park. With O Brien away from the square. Dublin run riot. Worst defeat for reigning All Ireland champions ever as Dublin win by 20 plus points.

1964 Meath beat All Ireland champions by 7 points on a wonderful sunny day. It should have being more. Jack Quinn is outstanding for Meath and shows why is one the best footballers in Ireland in the 60s up there with Mick O Connell and Sean O Neill and Enda Colleran

1974 Dublin and Meath play in an entertaining game in leinster final. The game is close til the last ten mins where Jimmy keaveny is the difference. A very open game , as both team play good attacking football.

1975 Meath after beating Dublin in the league final earlier on have a great chance. . Again put it up to Dublin. Meath should have won but Dublins experience tells. A certain Colm O Rourke makes his debut.

1977 In 1977 Dublin won the All Ireland two in a row hammered Kerry and Armagh in semi final and final. Yet only lost to Meath by two points in the leinster final. Meath dominated the second half. And missed chance after chance. Meath throw the game away , after throwing the kitchen sink at Dublin.

1984 Lyons misses a penalty. Meath felt it was the one that got away. Two Dublin goals seal victory. John Caffrey is sent of for Dublin. Barney Rock and Ciaran Duff r the difference scoring 1 - 4 between them.

1986 9 point to 7. Dreadful conditions. Meath were like men possesed. O Rourke and McEntee were outstanding. Meath were just not going to lose that day.

1987 4 point win for Meath in the sun. Meath were the best team in leinster and the country in 1987. Mattie Mcabe scores a great goal. Kevin Foley and Charlie Redmond r sent off. The day Stephen Roche won the Tour de France.

1988 Dublin threw kitchen sink at Meath. Massive scrap in the first half. Dublins Charlie Redmond miss a peno at the end of the game and Meath win by the bare minimum. Mattie Mccabe scores two great goal in the first 15 mins. Dublin have David Sinnot sent off.

1989 Lyons is missing from the lyons den. Duff scores one of the greatest leinster final goals ever. Colm Coyle is sent off. Vinny Murphy scores a great winner at the end of the day as Meath make a great comeback. and lead with 6 or 7 mins to go. The roar of Dublin supporters was something else at the final whistle.

1990. Colm O Rourke buddles the ball into the net after O leary tackle. Meath superior team from start to finish. Meath are ahead by 8 points with 15 mins to go . While Dublin cut the lead . late points from David Beggy and Brian Stafford seal the win.

1994 Graham Geraghty arrives on the scene and scores a great goal from wing back. Dreadful rain but Dublin were very good. Even though mistake by Meath goalie is the difference. Akex Ferguson and young liam Gallagher from Oasis are both in the stands watching Meath v the Dubs

1995 Dublin hammer Meath in leinster final for first time in 50 years. Meath were ahead with 10 mins to go. But Dublin's fitness and experience is telling. Jason Sherlock and Jayo mania begins after this leinster final. Dublin subs started a a water fight with bottles near the end of game as Dublin supporters and players celebate like they have won Sam.

1996 Dublin are reigning All-Ireland and leinster champions. A group of young kids eg Darren Fay Tevour Giles Mark Reilly come of age at the age of 20 and dethrone Dublin in dreadful rain conditions by 10 points to 8. Ciaran Whelan makes his Dublin debut.

1999 Meath and particularly Ollie Murphy give Dublin the runaround. Meath won by 5 but it could have been double that. Trevor Giles pass for Ollie Murphy winning goal is the best pass I have ever seen in Croke Park. Ollie Murphy scores 1 - 5 from open play.

2001 Richie Kealy goal seals the win for Meath. Geraghty and Murphy tormet the Dubs

2012 Dublin are to strong for Meath as the Brogans put on a masterclass

2013 Meath are excellent in the first half. But Dublin go up a level in the second half and the game is over with 10 mins to go

2014 Meaths worst defeat in a leinster final to Dublin in terms of the game over by half time the worst since 1955 and probaly worst since the 20s.

So that is Meath v Dublin leinster finals

Furlong1949 (Meath) - Posts: 770 - 11/06/2019 20:58:10    2193679

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Meath v Dublin modern rivalry begins in 1983.

Since 1983 there has been 14 Meath v Dublin leinster finals With
7 Victories for Meath in Meath v Dublin leinster finals
7 Victories for Dublin in Meath v Dublin leinster finals.
There has been no draws in Meath v Dublin leinster finals in the last 60 years

Since 1983 in last 35 years

Meath and Dublin have played 28 times in leinster championship

Dublin have beaten Meath 12 times in last 35 years
Meath have beaten Dublin 11 times in last 35 years
There has been 5 Meath v Dublin draws in last 35 years.

It is a very evenly matched modern rivalry.

Furlong1949 (Meath) - Posts: 770 - 11/06/2019 21:03:00    2193681

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Replying To royaldunne:  "Lol. I love it. :)"
How have youse got on since then chief?

DUBJOHN (Dublin) - Posts: 611 - 11/06/2019 22:28:55    2193726

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Replying To Furlong1949:  "Whats about these performances forget laois and Carlow
1 Tyrone All Ireland finalist last year. Meath played real passion and intensity and went toe to toe with Tyrone. Only a point from Tyrone in 6th min of injury time stops Meath beating the All Ireland finalist.
2 Donegal in Ballybofey a few months ago. For 65 mins Meath played quality div 1 football.
3 Donegal in Croker a few months. For 35 mins Meath were much superior. 9 points up after 15 mins; 5 up at half time. Meath lead to the last ten mins. Brillant attacking football in first 35 mins. Did u not see that.
4 Roscommon in Roscommon last year. Drawn with Connscht champions and div 2 champions in the Hyde last year. Only a peno scored by Roscommon in 4th min of injury time secure the draw for Rossies.
5 Galway 2 years ago. Meath played brillianty v Galway two years and defeated them, only kerry Dublin and Meath have beaten Galway in the league in the last 2 years.
6 Donegal 2 years ago. The lead changes 8 times. Meath played with great passion and intensity. Game level after 70 mins where a Paddy McBreaty wonder point secures victory.

That six games against 6 quality teams. People are ignoring Meath brillant performance v Tyrone All Ireland finalist, Brillant performance v best team in Ulster in Croker and Ballybofey in this spring eg Donegal and Meaths brillant performances v Connacht champions in last two years Galway and Roscommon.

And Meaths brillant performance in second half v kildare in the league. Where Meath showed the old never say die spirit of old. Or the 6 point win v Armagh a few months ago. Meath were 9 up at one stage playing some excellent attacking football.

If Meath play with intensity they showed v Tyrone last year and the second half v kildare this year and perform to the standard of the quality football they produced v Donegal in Ballybofey, v Donegal in first half in Croker and v Armagh in Navan , Dublin will not hammer Meath. It will be a contest and Meath will go toe to toe with Dublin. It will be closest contest in leinster since 2012 2013 when Meath lost by 3 points in 2012 and Meath led at half time and where the best team in first half and the game was in the balance til last ten mins in 2013.

I talked 6 Meath people in the last 24 hours face to face about the match in Meath and every single one of them expects Meath to put it up to Dublin and everyone of them are saying Meath can win. Thousands of thousands of Meath supporters when the ball is thrown in 23rd will believe we can win. Many in Meath wouldnt but the traditions of Meath football the quality of the manager and players football they have played in last 12 months. Meath expects. Other counties expect to be beaten by Dublin. Meath expects to put Dublin to the pin of their collar.

The feeling the intensity of 15 Meath dogs of war , eating the Dubs for every single ball like their lifes depended on it. We know the reality of the challenge. We know how strong Dublin r. We know its a mircale we need. But Meath football versus Dublin football has always being a miracle act. Every time we have beaten the Dubs it has been a mircae act from 1947 to 1952 to 1964 to 1975 to 1986 to 1991 to 1996 to 2001 to 2007 to 2010 all the 36 times we have beaten Dublin in league and championship has been act of miracle performances. Thats Meath football v Dublin . It proving that the impossible is possible.

In 1964 Dublin r reigning All Ireland champions. Meath are rank outsiders going into leinster final. 3 Quinn brother on the Meath team from Kilbride. Their father is a very sick man. The priest is sent for the father. The 3 brothers decide they shouldn't play in leinster final because of father ailing health. Their father on his death bed asks them to come to his room. And tells them to play in the leinster final v the Dubs. Next day three brother say goodbye to their father and in Croke Park perform greatest Meath performance v Dublin in a leinster final ever. And aganinst all odds Meath are crowned leinster champions. That night the 3 Quinn brothers from kilbride bring back the leinster cup to the fathers homeplace. In the following few days the father passes away.

The Quinn brothers, Sean Boylan , Peter McDermont, Mattie Kerrigan , Fr Tully, Mick lyons Liam Harnan, Gerry McEntee, Colm O Rourke, Darren Fay , John McDermont, Trevour Giles , Ollie Murphy, Graham Geraghty, Joe Sheridan , Stephen Bray never bowed to Dublin. Men from kilmainhamwood , Curraha , Navan , Bettystown , Skyrne , Summerhill , Nobber , Dunboyne , Ashbourne, Rsthoath , Rathkenny , Moynalvey never bow to Dublin. Men with the name McEntee from Nobber , Harnan from Moynalvey, Keoghan from Rathkenny and Newman from kilmainhamwood never bow to Dublin. We respect the Dubs even sneakily admire their great team. We enjoy the company of their great supporters. But when its leinster final day two tribes go to war and for Meath this is the closest to war without guns and tanks u can get. With just heart and soul and hands and legs 15 Meath men will fight like their whole family and neighbours lifes depended on it to bring back the Delaney cup. It matters.

Meath v Dublin matters more to Meath more then any other thing. Meath v Dublin it matters more to us more then anything its beyond a religious experience. It beyond words.

Mick lyons once said he was prepared to die to beat Dublin , put his life on the line to beat Dublin. It just matters that much to us. If we lose we lose . If we lose badly , we lose badly. But it is not question if Meath will beat Dublin its a question when so why not on the 23rd why bloody not.
Theyre are three certain things in life. The three certain things in life are paying taxes , dying and Meath beating Dublin in leinster finals in June or July. We have been doing for 100 years we do it for another hundred. It is passion, it is believe it everything to our county. Beating Dublin in leinster final is what Meath as a county stands for it is in our blood and dna and what we were put on this earth to do. Go toe to toe with men from the capital in front of hill 16.

The challenge is mighty but we wouldn't want it any other way in Meath. The more difficult the challenge the more we like it. The better the Dubs r , the more we raise our game. Its just part of living in the Royal county. To others they say Dublin are the greatest, to us they r just Dublin nothing more more nothing kess. To others they are invincible to us they are beatable. To others they are in awe to us we are hungry to knock them from their throne knock them from their pedestal. The higher the pedestal the higher the fall. The higher pedestal Dublin are o the higher Mesth jump and stronger we tackle gto topple Dublin from their pedestal.

The Dubs u have been warned. The Meath backlash has begun. 4 victories at minor in 4 years. Even youngster of 16 or 17 years of age in Meath have got the memo. Its only Dublin. 15 v 15 . Go out and beat them. We are now getting stronger by the year, by the week by the day and the countdown to Meaths next victory over Dublin is on way. Is it three years away , is it two years away or is it one year away or OR is it two weeks away. Take ur pick. Its any of the above. It just to be done. No ifs no buts no whinging no moaning. Just its mid June the hay is saved and The Dubs are beaten. A Meath war rallying cry for generations in the past and for generations in the future. And for this Meath generation of footballers it is here it now, it is time to become real Meath footballers For to be a real Meath footballer u have to beat Dublin in a leinster final. The real test for every Meath footballer. The gaunlet has been thrown down and the torch has passed to a new generation and standing on the shoulder of gaint the time of deliverance is here.
June 23rd Meath rock the Dubs and the GAA to it very foundations
Meath Leinster champions 2019"
Deluded! If Kildare didn't beat us Meath certainly won't!

DUBJOHN (Dublin) - Posts: 611 - 11/06/2019 22:31:32    2193728

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Replying To royaldunne:  "He is one of the top young forwards in the country. In fairness even at the Carlow match the dubs backroom taking notes in reserved area leaned over to me to ask me about him, I jokingly told him where to go. But they were very impressed with him. Honestly once we can keep him safe and fit he will light up Croke park for years to come"
I agree with you to a point RD it's just that he won't be lighting up Croke Park on Leinster final day this year, in fact id say he'll be getting the curly finger long before the end!

DUBJOHN (Dublin) - Posts: 611 - 11/06/2019 22:34:55    2193731

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