Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: ROYAL LEGEND CALLS IT A DAY; FOOTBALL ENDOF ERA FOR MEATH Geraghty: I'd like to Finish on a High. but It Could Take Years

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: ROYAL LEGEND CALLS IT A DAY; FOOTBALL ENDOF ERA FOR MEATH Geraghty: I'd like to Finish on a High. but It Could Take Years

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Byline: BY PAT NOLAN

GRAHAM Geraghty yesterday confirmed his retirement from inter-county football - and voiced his disappointment at not getting more game time in Saturday's disastrous defeat to Limerick.

Geraghty was dropped from the side after the defeat to Wexford in the Leinster Championship, though he was carrying a hamstring injury.

He was introduced at half-time in place of Caoimhin King but by that stage the Meath ship was sinking fast and they succumbed to a 4-12 to 4-3 defeat having been led by 4-11 to 0-3 at one point.

Writing in his Meath Post column, Geraghty said: "It was a very disappointing way to leave the inter-county fold at Pairc Na nGael on Saturday evening but I suppose if I was waiting to go out on a high I could have been waiting a while.

"I just felt that the time was right and I'll give other lads a chance.

"I was a little surprised that I didn't get more time to influence the game.

"I did have a slight hamstring strain but I felt that I was able to give a bit more than a half and it was a very hard game to come into."

Geraghty wasn't the only casualty as his former club and county teammate Colm Coyle quit as manager while full-back Darren Fay has also retired.

It is rumoured that more players may follow.

Colm O'Rourke and Gerry McEntee have been linked with the manager's job and outgoing selector Dudley Farrell is also interested, with radio phone-ins in Meath even calling for Sean Boylan's return.

But it's clearly the end of an era with the departure of Geraghty and Fay who won All-Irelands in 1996 and '99, when Geraghty captained the side.

He continued: "I've had some wonderful times in a green and gold jersey and to captain Meath to All-Ireland glory back in 1999 was very special indeed.

"It's disappointing to end like this as we expected to win but the style of football Limerick played just proved too good for us.

"To concede four goals in any game is not acceptable but Limerick showed that they are a good side and they tore us apart out there. …

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