'There's a determination there to stay at the top table'

February 07, 2023

Meath manager Davy Nelson

by Ivan Smyth

Meath manager Davy Nelson says the transition has been seamless while his players had to settle for a draw against Galway in the Lidl NFL Division 1 on Bank Holiday Monday.

It was a gritty display from the reigning champions in front of their home supporters in Páirc Tailteann but they could have won the game were it not for a last-gasp free from Aoife O’Rourke.

Nevertheless, Galway had been two points clear with ten minutes remaining before half-time substitute and TG4 All Star forward, Emma Duggan, proved crucial to Meath’s revival.

She kicked three points after her introduction but Meath missed out on the chance to register their second successive win.

“The panel have embraced the change. There’s no point looking for an excuse, last year’s gone. It was fabulous but it’s well and truly gone,” said Nelson.

“We know there is a big number on Meath’s back. When Meath arrived up and won that first All-Ireland, people might have been forgiven for saying is that a flash in the pan.

“The girls knew this but they backed it up last year. There’s a determination there to stay at the top table and anyone that gets through us is going to earn it.”

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