Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Meath boss has defensive worries

Meath manager Eamon O’Brien admits that his team’s defensive frailties are a worry as this weekend’s All Ireland football quarter-final against Mayo looms.

The Royal County conceded 2-9 against Limerick in last Saturday’s round four qualifier at Portlaoise and O’Brien is now concentrating on tightening up his porous rearguard before the game against the Connacht champions.

“Obviously it’s a concern to give away goals in championship matches. I think we made things hard for ourselves against Limerick. Mayo looked good in beating Galway and they will obviously have derived confidence from that result,” insists O’Brien.

Meath, who have beaten Waterford, Westmeath, Roscommon and Limerick in the qualifiers, will be without their skipper Stephen Bray who was red-carded five minutes before the end of the clash with Limerick.

“That’s a worry as well. Stephen is not a dirty player and we are upset about this,” adds O’Brien.

Mayo manager John O’Mahony had an opportunity to assess Meath last weekend but is much more concerned about some niggly injuries within his own squad.

It was a superb late point from Peader Gardiner that assured Mayo of that win over Galway but O’Mahony, who formerly managed Galway to All Ireland glory, believes that Meath will be a tough hurdle for his side.

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