Leinster U21 FC: Fresh Royals to progress past Westies
THERE won't have been many more silently satisfied men than Meath Under 21 manager Seán Barry (above) upon hearing that the Royal seniors' League Division 2 clash with Roscommon had fallen victim to inclement weather.
Without those cohabiting both panels, his team were hammered by Roscommon, Cavan and Kerry in this season's Hastings Cup and already, he is without long-term absentee, Cillian O'Sullivan and James McEntee - the man who played that sweeper role so well in the 2012 All-Ireland minor final - through injury.
Which means the likes of Adam Flanagan and Harry Rooney (currently Meath's first choice senior midfield) and both Joey and Eamonn Wallace are well rested ahead of tonight's hosting of Westmeath in Navan (7.30).
Largely, this is the group that contested that final, including both Pádraic Harnan and Shane McEntee and even on the flimsy rationale of a recognisable team sheet, the Royals look best placed on this (non Dublin) side of the draw to make it through to a Leinster final.
Westmeath, meanwhile, are enjoying something of a purple patch under Tom Cribben (manager of both), though that's unlikely to extend to Navan tonight.
ODDS: Meath 2/5, Draw 15/2, Westmeath 9/4.
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