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Remember the last time Meath and Wexford met in the Leinster championship?

The Royals and the Model County served up a memorable match back in 2008.

MEATH FACE WEXFORD tomorrow afternoon in Croke Park with a spot in this year’s Leinster senior football final at stake.

But forgive the Royals if they are a bit nervous at the thought of facing the Model County in this semi-final clash.

Meath cannot have pleasant memories of their last championship clash against Wexford in the 2008 quarter-final.

In that game five years ago, things were going perfectly for Meath when they lead by 2-8 to 0-4 at half-time with Stephen Bray and Joe Sheridan firing home goals.

But then things went pear-shaped in the second-half as that 10 point lead evaporated. A Redmond Barry goal in the 52nd minute cut the deficit to seven points and then on the hour mark PJ Banville raised a green flag.

Wexford rounded the game off by striking three successive points to level the match before Matty Forde stepped up to land the match-winning point in injury-time.

Wexford’s Matty Forde celebrates after the game in 2008.
INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Here’s what Redmond Barry remembers of Wexford’s miraculous comeback.

“It was just one of those things, the thing you hope happens every day where just everything goes to plan. That’s what happened in the last 10 minutes, nothing could go wrong.

“We were kicking scores from everywhere, we were winning every ball that was kicked out. The pressure came on them too when they had their scoring chances because we were on such a roll.

“It’s the level of performance you try and strive for but it only happens rarely.”

Look away now Meath fans as here’s footage of how that game unfolded.

Wexford fans, enjoy reliving the memories of a memorable win.

YouTube: nobberigine

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