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Missed penalty is still a sore point with Derry's James Kielt ahead of Meath mission

By John Campbell

The extent to which Derry's players are raising the bar ahead of Saturday's All-Ireland qualifier against Meath is perhaps best epitomised by ace marksman James Kielt.

The Kilrea clubman landed 1-9 in the recent win over Louth but has since been chiding himself over a missed penalty.

He was already on his way to a man of the match accolade when he miscued from the spot before making amends by drilling home a second penalty in the 66th minute to copper-fasten his team's 1-18 to 2-10 victory.

"Penalties at inter-county level should not be missed and even though it had no bearing on the result, I was annoyed," said Kielt.

That's why his appetite for scores remains far from sated as he views what will be a difficult challenge against Meath.

"Meath will be anxious to make up for that loss to Dublin and in the knowledge that a win could see them make headway in the qualifiers," added Kielt.

Derry manager Damian Barton will welcome Chrissy McKaigue back from suspension and could yet give game time to the long-serving Enda Lynn, who has been out of action since suffering a nasty leg injury in the Dr McKenna Cup final defeat to Tyrone.

The Royal County never managed to beat the Oak Leaf side in the league during former manager Sean Boylan's 23-year tenure, but Meath held the whip hand when it came to Championship meetings between the counties during that time frame.

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