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Monday 23 July 2018

Consistency the key for Royal rising

Allianz FL Division 2: Cavan v Meath (Breffni Park, Tonight, 7.0, Eir 1)

Meath’s Pádraig McKeever
Meath’s Pádraig McKeever

This is where things start to get serious for Meath.

Clare, who they beat by 14 points in Navan last week are a tidy team.

But given that Andy McEntee's team gave them a 12-point trimming on the last day of last year's competition in Ennis and that Clare don't generally play in the collectively restrictive way against which Meath have traditionally struggled, that wasn't a surprise.

Granted, they took some steps towards redressing their awful recent record against teams from Ulster by beating Fermanagh and Derry last year but Meath also went to Newry and lost to Down, when no-one had done anything other than beat the Mourne men for two years.

"I think consistency is what wins these leagues," as Cillian O'Sullivan put it during the week, simultaneously diagnosing his own team's seeming permanence in Division 2.

Simonstown's Pádraig McKeever impressed last week with 0-6 from centre-forward against the Banner men while club mate Seánie Tobin continues to contribute heavily (0-3) from the bench.

They have enough pace to score freely here and should clock up an important win.

ODDS: Cavan 6/4, Draw 15/2, Meath 4/6

VERDICT: Meath

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