Meath manager Andy McEntee described his side’s victory over Westmeath at the weekend as “huge”.
The Royals can from behind to edge a 0-16 to 0-15 win in Sunday’s derby in Navan to get life in the Allianz Football League Division 2 North off to the perfect.
Speaking to RTE Sport afterwards, McEntee highlighted the importance of a winning start to the first of just four rounds in this year’s league campaign.
"The one thing you have to avoid is the way the potential structure for championships is next year or the year beyond, one thing you have to make sure is that you're not in Division 3," he said.
"That's your priority straight away, then you can maybe start to think about the other end.
"With 10 or 15 minutes to go (against Westmeath) it probably didn’t look good for us.
"The league or the mini-league, whatever you want to call it, you win your first game and you’re in a good position, but you lose your first game and you’re under pressure straight away. So how important was it to win that game? It was huge."Tweet