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VIDEO: Meath must improve to compete with Dubs - Geraghty

The Royals’ legend was happy with the performance against Kildare, but knows another big step up is needed.

LOOKING AHEAD TO Sunday’s hotly anticipated Leinster football final, Meath selector, Graham Geraghty spoke to  TV3 in Croke Park.

Despite widespread acclaim after their semi-final victory over a vaunted Kildare side, Geraghty

“You don’t get a medal on semi-final day, It was a stepping stone for us and we know we’re going to have to improve to win a Leinster final.

“The performance against Kildare won’t be enough to do that, especially against All Ireland champions.”

This Sunday is the first time the sides have met with a trophy at stake since the 2001 provincial final and Geraghty feels it’s good for partisan and neutral supporters alike to see rivals with such history playing an important fixture.

Asked for his stand-out memories of the rivalry, Geraghty replied:

“The worst memory was probably in ’95 when they beat us here by 10 points. The following year then coming out and beating them in a Leinster final was probably the start for a lot of young players: the likes of Darren Fay and Trevor Giles and all those players.”

Geraghty along with Seamus McEnaney and the entire population of the Royal county will be hoping that this year’s young crop can emulate those names.

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