Christy Toye turned in a man of the match performance at centre half-forward and he was happy Donegal had come back to earn a draw. After a good first half performance during which he was Donegal’s best player, the St Michael’s man really turned on the style in the second period.
And it was his running game and taking on the Meath defence at every opportunity that played a big part in Donegal’s second half revival.
It was also the reason the Donegal boss singled him out as being Donegal’s man of the match in his aftermatch briefing to the media.
“It was patchy there during the game for large parts,” was how Christy summed up the Donegal performance and the game afterwards.
But he also expressed his satisfaction with his own game and that of his team mates. And he was particularly happy with the character shown in the second half to first draw level and then to come from behind again near the end when Meath went back in front. “We showed a lot of fight to pull it off for a draw after Meath went ahead again in the closing seconds.
“We got off to a very slow start and while we came back into the game before half-time we did not really push on until the second half.”
He also wondered if Donegal had got off to a better start and got stuck in earlier that it might have been a different result.
“In fairness to Meath they played very well in the conditions. It is still a point and we are still top of the League so we are now looking forward to meeting Down.”
Toye, who is on his way back froman injury that ruled him out for all of last season, admitted that Meath did surprise them and caught them cold at the start.
“They came out of the blocks very quickly because they needed a win and I suppose we should have been ready for them but we were not.
“They got off to a flying start and went five or six points up and even when Frank (McGlynn) scored the goal it did not unsettle them. They responded with a goal of their own immediately and thankfully we got the couple of points before half-time to keep in touch.
“We did respond in the second half. They are tall and physical and they were pretty dominant around the middle of the field.
“But once big Neil came on he made a big difference and won a lot of crucial ball and played a big part in the comeback.”
Sunday’s game was Toye’s fourth on the trot after a lengthy lay-off and second man of the match performance. He was also man of the match against Laois in the first game of the campaign, in Portlaoise.