'We had Meath rattled'

May 13, 2019

Offaly manager John Maughan. ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan.

John Maughan felt his Offaly side were desperately unlucky not to beat Meath in Navan yesterday.

A shock looked to be on the cards when the Faithful County scored seven unanswered points after the restart to go four up, but a 63rd minute goal from Bryan McMahon steadied Meath who edged home by two points.

"I think we had everything but the result," the Offaly manager reflected. 

"I was very, very proud of the performance.

"We were four up, and had chances to go five or six up, we didn't, but they didn't bend the knee today, Offaly. I thought they were fantastic. They showed great resilience, great character, and great pride in the jersey.

"We came in here with no fear, and played exceptionally well. We had Meath rattled. I could sense it on the pitch obviously, but on the sideline beside me they began to empty the bench very early.

"It was certainly there for us, but unfortunately we didn't avail of the opportunity. We're a better team coming out of here today, albeit with a loss."

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