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Mythbusters: Banty out to challenge unwritten law of the qualifiers

The Meath boss vows that his team will fight ‘tooth and nail’ to get back to Croke Park, despite the six-day-turnaround

Image: McEnaney with a dejected Peadar Byrne.

MEATH MANAGER SEAMUS McEnaney is out to dispel the ‘myth’ that it’s impossible to bounce back six days after defeat in a provincial final.

The Monaghan man was speaking in the wake of yesterday’s 2-13 to 1-13 loss at the hands of Dublin in Croke Park. A result which has set the Royals on a collision course with Laois in Tullamore next Saturday.

Last year, Wexford and Derry were knocked out of the All Ireland series six days after losing their provincial final. It was the same story for Sligo and Monaghan in 2010 and McEnaney is well aware that his will be a difficult task next weekend, but was keen to signal his determination to overcome the hurdle to Meath supporters.

“There’s a myth out there about the six-day turn-around, but I can tell you that we’re going to test it.” Says McEnaney, adding passionately:

“There’s serious spirit in that dressing-room, there’s character in it and we are going to fight. I can tell you one thing – we are going to fight tooth and nail to get back here in two weeks time.”

McEnaney shrugged off suggestions that the three-point loss to the All Ireland champions will make his team clear favourites against Laois.

However, he took plenty of positives in defeat to the All Ireland champions:

“The lads have shown real character. That is a big positive for me. What more can you ask from them? They were beaten by Kildare five times in a row and to come out here a few weeks ago and turn that over.

“Why can’t we turn a six-day-turnaround over?”

Talking Points: Dublin 2-13 Meath 1-13, Leinster SFC final

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