Meath County Council are planning to host a civic reception for the magnificent Meath women’s football team, upon their enormous success in becoming T-G-4 All-Ireland ladies senior football champions for the first time.
Given no chance in the lead in to their date with destiny against the all conquering Dubs, who were seeking a fifth straight title, the Royals made light of their status as 1/6 outsiders to put on a truly complete display to land their very first Brendan Martin Cup at Croke Park.
It capped a meteoric rise for manager Eamonn Murray’s team, who just last year won the All-Ireland title at intermediate level. His management revitalising a panel that had been routinely on the end of heavy beatings as recently as 2019.
Meath were 1-11 to 0-12 winners but the scoreline did not tell the true tale as a five point half time lead, backboned by Emma Duggan’s 30-yard long lobbed effort, revealed their dominance over the Dubs. Meath pushed on in the second half to ensure their greatest ever success in ladies football.
Meath captain Shauna Ennis addressed the delirious royal county fans from the steps of the Hogan stand yesterday…..
“Nobody believed that we could do this today, but we believed we could, And now, we’re going home with the Brendan Martin Cup.
“Winning this cup is not just for the team that’s standing here in front of me. It’s for every woman that’s gone before us, and put on the Meath jersey; girls who’ve played before me for many, many years. Without those girls, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
Meath County Council confirmed that the Council had already agreed to host a formal Civic Reception to honour the players and management for their success in winning the 2020 Intermediate All-Ireland title and that arrangements for this will be finalised in line with the latest public health guidelines and the Council’s own protocols.