Meath manager Andy McEntee praised his side’s mental resolve after they withstood an Armagh fightback to move to the top of the Allianz NFL Division 2.

The Royals had squandered a four-point advantage against Donegal in Ballyboffey last week, and looked in danger of doing something similar again today as Armagh, benefiting from a strong breeze in the second half, looked set them in.  

Meath, however, finished strongly and McEntee was pleased with how his charges responded to the challenge.

"There’s no doubt it was on everybody’s mind that we coughed up a lead last week. So, the fact that it was on the player’s minds and they still came through the far end makes it better than just an ordinary game," McEntee told RTÉ Sport.

Meath raced into a nine-point lead at the break with the aid of that breeze, but McEntee was under no illusion about the task his side still faced after the interval.

"It’s just so difficult to try and work the ball out against that wind. It really is a very strong, stiff breeze, so we were aware that we were going to have to face the same challenge in the second half.

"As it turned out, we ended up bringing the ball into contact when we shouldn’t have brought it into contact and got turned over. It was like a reverse side of what happened in the first half," he said. 

Armagh did manage to reduce the arrears to the minimum midway through the second half, but Meath finished strongly, outscoring the Orchard County by 1-03 to a point in the last ten minutes to record a six-point win.