Reilly looking forward to 'four-pointer'

Story by Fergal Lynch

Sunday, 10th February, 2019 6:00am

Reilly looking forward to 'four-pointer'

Meath's Graham Reilly with Armagh's Mark Shields

Looking ahead to today's game with Armagh at Pairc Tailteann Meath attacker Graham Reilly believes it is a must-win game for both teams, but he is also pragmatic in his view that you can probably afford to lose two games and still get promoted.

“It's a four-pointer for both teams. If we win on Sunday it puts us right back in the promotion picture, if we lose then it could go the other way and would leave the Cork game like a relegation clash, so it's a massive game for both teams,” he said.
“Armagh will fancy their chances of coming down here to get a result so it is going to be a good game.
“Every team in Div 2 wants to be in Div 1, so I believe that Div 2 is the most competitive division of them all because it is so hard to get out of. I've played for Meath for 12 years and almost all that time has been in Div 2, we have finished third on nine points maybe seven or eight times in that spell, 10 points seems to be the magic number.
“In a way you can nearly afford to lose two games and still get promoted. Obviously it's not ideal to be losing two games, but every game is very competitive and they're all must win.
“Over the years Meath football has been really inconsistent and that is something Andy (McEntee) has really tried to change. We can't afford not to work hard or have our work rate at 100 per cent because we are not good enough to beat team if we don't,” concluded Reilly.
Armagh defender Mark Shields is of the same opinion as Reilly and he believes Sunday's clash with Meath 
is the very definition of a four-pointer.
“We’re both on two points. If you lose you’re fighting against relegation, if you win you’re pushing for promotion,” said Shields.
“I expect a physical game (against Meath). They have been going well, they put it up to Donegal only for that goalkeeping error. I expect Meath to come fast and try and hit us hard but it’s a matter of riding the storm and putting our own principals into play and hopefully we’ll get over the line,” he said.

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