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Friday 20 October 2017

Newman fit to face the Dubs

MEATH dreams of derailing the Dublin juggernaut have received a massive boost with Mickey Newman passed fit to start Sunday's Leinster SFC final at Croke Park.

The Kilmainham sharpshooter missed the provincial semi-final against Kildare with a hamstring injury, but has now been included in his customary corner-forward slot for the Royals' eagerly awaited date with the All-Ireland champions.

The player losing out is Dalton McDonagh, even though the Na Fianna man has found the net in Meath's first two summer outings - as a second half sub against Carlow and subsequently as a starter against the Lilywhites.

Dublin's full-back line will be wary of the threat posed - from play and placed balls - by the 2013 All Star nominee, who led Meath's valiant resistance in last year's Leinster final with an eight-point haul.

His timely return is the only change announced by manager Mick O'Dowd, with Donncha Tobin listed at wing-back and Damien Carroll at wing-forward, the positions in which they started against Kildare, contrary to jersey numbers worn.

Dublin boss Jim Gavin will announce his Leinster final line-up tonight, with most speculation focussing on attack where the fit-again Bernard Brogan and prolific sub Cormac Costello are pressing for starts.

MEATH (SF v Dublin): P O'Rourke; E Harrington, K Reilly, B Menton; P Harnan, D Keogan, D Tobin; B Meade, S O'Rourke; D Carroll, B McMahon, A Tormey; G Reilly, S Bray, M Newman.

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