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Thursday 8 December 2016

West' can set sail after rough spring

LOUTH v WESTMEATH

(Drogheda, Tomorrow, 3.30)

WOULD Tom Cribben swap places with Colin Kelly?

Or vice versa?

The latter may have managed Louth into Division 4 this spring, but at least he didn't publicly admonish those players on whom he will rely to see his team's Leinster Championship voyage into a second leg.

Cribben is clearly playing a delicate game, though there are reports that John Heslin (right), Denis Glennon et al are beginning to show some signs of improvement in challenge games.

Louth are in a more sunken boat, though Kelly at least feels he knows where the leaks are.

"We were probably playing a system that we felt didn't suit us so we tried to change that up a bit and get us more offensive," he outlined last week at the launch of this Leinster SFC.

"Where we scored heavy throughout the National League, we struggled in the middle third of the field and we struggled defensively as a group.

"We suffered our fate because of that I feel.

"So that's what we're working on now to try and change."

Drogheda should be the great leveller here but if Cribben gets any kick out of his intended targets, Westmeath have more proven performers.

ODDS: Louth 6/4, Draw 7/1, Westmeath 4/6

VERDICT: Westmeath

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