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Thursday 14 December 2017

Gallagher: Meath have heads right

MEATH goalkeeper David Gallagher insists that the Royals have not developed a mental block when it comes to beating Kildare, despite five successive and rapid losses to the Lilywhites.

Sunday's latest renewal of local Leinster hostilities will be the sixth time the sides have faced each other in League and Championship since the 2010 All-Ireland SFC Quarter-Final with all the results falling the way of Kieran McGeeney's men.

And despite their outsiders tag again on Sunday, Gallagher says Meath have no fears about the tie.

Mental

"Last year maybe Meath could have easily won twice," said the former Ireland International Rules goalkeeper, who hasn't played in Croke Park since 2005 and whose inter-county career was revived by Seamus McEnaney late last year.

"They certainly could have won the first day and the second day so you can't really look too much into that.

"I don't think there'll be too much of a mental block there, no."

Gallagher conceded, however, that Kildare have been "unlucky not to win an All-Ireland" and that their favourites billing for Sunday was fully justified.

"They have come out on top and they have been one of the form teams over the last couple of years," he noted.

"They have been up at the top, we didn't have a good league campaign but championship is championship, it's all on the day and anything can happen."

The St Peter's, Dunboyne man also revealed that at 32 years of age he was sure his inter-county career was over prior to Banty's phonecall last October.

"Between family and one thing or another and work, I probably did feel it was over. Unfortunately the GAA doesn't pay your wages. I was playing outfield with the club and was enjoying it.

"When you're playing with your county you'll play anywhere and if I was being honest I prefer playing out the field. But when you're called and you can put a county jersey on again you can't turn it down.

He concluded: "It has been enjoyable, I know we didn't have a good league campaign but if we win on Sunday it will be a big step forward."

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