Meath take on Kildare this Sunday in the opening round of the National Football League Division 2.
There was always a strong rivalry between the two counties. Both senior teams were at the top of their game during the late 90's. We bring you back to the 1997 Leinster SFC campaign.
Meath beat Dublin 1-13 to 1-10 in the quarter final and were pitted against the 'Lilys' in the semi final. It was a game, like 1991, that was to take on a life of its own. It took 3 encounters for Meath to finally win 1-12 to 1-10. It finished a draw in the first game 0-12 to 1-9 but the second game was by far the best of the three. It finished Meath 2-20 Kildare 3-17 after extra time.
Kildare led by six points at the end of the first period of extra time but what followed almost defied logic. Meath staged an astonishing come back scoring seven points with out reply. Our man Jody Devine was central to this fightback. The super sub scored the best four points seen in Croke Park for a long time to inspire his team mates around him. Kildare managed to get the leveller and send the game to another replay.
The next day the national papers had Jody everywhere. It was a day that will live long in the memory of Meath and Ballinlough supporters. Thanks for that Jody.