Breaking ball key to breaking Meath hearts

DEREK Maguire took particular satisfaction from his own personal goal scoring performance on Sunday, but the Young Irelands man was equally delighted with the victory and another year in Division two.

DEREK Maguire took particular satisfaction from his own personal goal scoring performance on Sunday, but the Young Irelands man was equally delighted with the victory and another year in Division two.

“It’s always great to score two goals, but it’s even better to score two goals against Meath I suppose.

“We needed goals obviously, we haven’t scored much throughout the whole league. We said we’d need goals to win this game and it’s what won it in the end for us.”

The young gun knew that a good start was essential in order to tip the clash in the Wee County’s favour, but that winning the breaking ball was going to be a key factor also.

“Another thing we worked on was breaking ball, all good teams won a lot of breaking balls against us, so more breaking ball got the ball into the forward line more often and we took the score when they were on.”

Although they looked thoroughly outclassed throughout, Maguire was still wary of the Meath backs and their ability to close down the game.

“They were tight on us. It was just that the big pitch suited us more.

“The more quantity and quality of ball coming in meant we’d score more.”

Looking at his own contribution, The Young Irelands forward was delighted with his performance and commented on his second goal, which ultimately killed off any chance of a Meath fight back.

“We were saying at half time that if you’re in one-on-one stick it over the bar to keep the score board ticking over.

“But I suppose when I got the chance I wasn’t really thinking, it was just a forwards instinct to go for goal and lucky enough I scored.

“I know that if I hadn’t scored it I could’ve been sitting on the sidelines beside you guys.

Maguire took no pleasure from sending Meath down and pointed out how essential Divison Two football is to the future of Louth football.

“I wouldn’t say it makes it any sweeter, but you never want to go back down to Division Three.

“Today was the biggest game of the year and I suppose with what happened in 2010 it was a bit of pay back today.”

“We came up trumps today and we did the business, because we knew we had to, because if we didn’t we were gone.”

Thoughts of playing the big teams again next year is what drives the squad on according to the Louth forward.

“We were talking on the way up on the bus about the thought of going back down to play the supposed weaker teams, it’s the likes of Kildare, Derry and Galway that you want to play in the national league. You’re not going to win a Leinster Championahip playing in Division Three.”

Looking at the young stars who are trying to break into the team, Maguire is certain that Sunday’s result will be another major milestone for football in Louth.

“It’s going to be tough for them coming in.

“There’s a lot of quality players at U21 level and hopefully a lot of those players will come in and playing Division two football will bring them on as well.”

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