Graham Geraghty made a second half substitute appearance as Meath easily overcame Louth by a score of 0-11 to 0-5 in the O’Byrne Cup clash at Navan on Sunday.
The 38-year-old, who doubles as a selector, was welcomed back by loud applause from the Royal faithful and believes he can offer manager Seamus McEnaney something a little bit different as a player this season.
“I’m going to be training with the lads and doing the work they’re doing so I can’t see why I can’t get up to the level they’re at,” said Geraghty.
“If any lads aren’t inter-county match fit then they’re not going to be playing. I have to get myself up to that level and get myself in contention.
“I don’t see any reason why I can’t start if I’m putting in the work. There are 30 lads there all doing the same thing, doing the same work, trying to get in as well and that’s a good thing.”
McEnaney warned Geraghty that he will have to work very hard to remain in contention for live football this coming summer.
“He’s working hard and he’s going to have to work hard if he wants to stay in the 20,” said the Meath boss. “We revolve always around 20, it’s a 20-man game and he’s going to have to bully out someone or the four fellas coming back this week.”
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Dublin vs. Kildare
DUBLIN’S O’Byrne Cup semifinal will go ahead with Kildare in Newbridge on Sunday after the Leinster Council deemed the 6,700 capacity St. Conleth’s Park big enough to host the fixture.
Kildare booked their place in the semis with a 13 point win over Offaly on Sunday and a performance described by manager Kieran McGeeney as “decent.”
McGeeney told RTE Sport, “It was a decent performance, particularly in the first half. We fell away a wee bit after the break when our structure fell apart, but it’s the second game of the year and I felt we did okay.
“At different stages today, we showed real purpose, though I thought we should have put a lot more scores on the board. It’s an aspect of the game we will always look to improve on.
“Every game is beneficial. For some guys it was their first game of the season. You can only play what’s in front of you; we got a run on Offaly today. I can assure you that won’t happen when we meet again.”
KERRY boss Jack O’Connor has received good news on the double after Tomas O Se committed himself to the county team for a 15th, season and captain Colm Cooper declared he is over the ankle injury that threatened his NFL participation.
“The ankle is fine. I’ve had a month to six weeks now without any problems with it,” Cooper told the Irish Examiner.
“The medical teams have been taking a look at it regularly enough and saw it again last week. They’re quite pleased with it.
“I don’t think there’s going to be any need to get an operation to sort it out which is very good as we’ve a lot of games coming up. I just had problems with the ankle in the middle of last summer when I picked up a knock on it.
“But it started to settle down then for me during the Munster club championship and I was able to get through those games okay. Since we beat UCC in the final in December, it’s felt very good.”
DUBLIN boss Pat Gilroy has confirmed that the Brogan brothers – Alan and Bernard – will miss the glamorous NFL opener against Kerry at Croke Park next month.
Alan is out for four weeks after aggravating a knee injury, while Bernard is off to Australia for an extended holiday.
Midfielder Barry Cahill and defender Kevin Nolan will also miss the Kerry game through injury.
Dublin continued their early season form with an easy O’Byrne Cup quarterfinal win over UCD on Saturday night which pleased Gilroy.
“We conceded a bit too much but at the end of the day, after the work we’ve put in over the last two weeks, we’d be happy enough with it,” said Gilroy.
“You’d love to have everyone back and available but there’s no point rushing fellas back from injuries either. We’re really still just getting back into it. Our shooting and our handling, as you’d expect with the work we’re doing, could be better. But the effort and the application were great.”
Sean Og Question