« on: July 03, 2015, 04:37:24 PM »
Any serious analysis (not the rte variety) of Meath before the start of the championship would have lead anyone to the conclusion that it was highly likely that we would struggle against Wicklow and Westmeath would have their best ever chance of winning.
There has been a repeating pattern for Meath under MO'D of a poor start to the league followed by a strong enough finish. Then follows the gap between the league and championship where about 5 first team players usually get injured. This year has been the same but the injuries just haven't cleared up and the rest of the panel seem underprepared or just not up to the required standard.
Most of the injured players are in the defensive lines so taking a few scores from Wicklow was no surprise. The papers were talking about a lot of debutants on the Meath backline but none of these lads were worthy of starting if all the others were fit. At least our forwards seem to be functioning somewhat as evidenced in the first half against Westmeath. Sadly MO'D switched Rooney for Flanagan which proved to be a negative step. This error was compounded by Graham Reilly's black card and then we were completely overran in midfield. It wasn't so much as a collapse last week as it was more a case of poor judgment and bad luck falling together. For all that is wrong with Meath though had we a fully fit squad we would have won that game by a fair margin.
For this game, Mick only really has the option of putting out the strongest and fittest 15 he has available and just pray he doesn't have to make any subs because there is no depth to the panel right now. Bray, Wallace, McMahon and Newman might be able to cause a few problems for Tyrone but I doubt they will present enough of a threat for the full 70 minutes to win the game as they are likely to not get enough space and possession in a crowded defensive area.
Tyrone simply aren't as talented enough to win silverware bar maybe a division 2 title but they will have enough for this one and organised enough to get to beat an out of sorts under strength Meath team.