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Saturday 25 November 2017

Meath badly in need of some early season cheer

O'Byrne Cup round-up

Emmet Bolton
Emmet Bolton

Early days but positive noises in Meath where the desperate hope is the strength of the McEntee brothers' character can cajole something out of a county who have grazed on the lower slopes of football's foothills for too long.

There will be no Joe Sheridan in goal in Navan tomorrow, though there might be next Wednesday.

Páraic Harnan and Bryan Menton have returned to the squad after stints away while Adam Flanagan is back after a season spent recovering from cruciate surgery.

They'll play Wicklow tomorrow, for whom Paddy Dalton and former Dublin minor coach Mark Fee have begun their new roles as selectors in place of Ray Cosgrove and Darren Magee.

Charge

Peter Creedon, meanwhile, takes charge of Laois for the first time in Crettyard against DIT while Seamus McEnaney will make his Wexford debut in Gorey against UCD.

In group 2, Kildare play Longford today in Newbridge less than a week on from beating Roscommon by 1-15 to 1-12 in a challenge match in Kiltoom.

The good news for the Lilywhites from that encounter is that Ben McCormack (Sarsfields) - who kicked five points from play against Dublin in last year's Leinster U21 final - made a comeback for the seniors after being dropped last summer for a breach of discipline.

The bad news for the Kildare camp is that the experienced Emmet Bolton will miss a large chunk of the League after his appendix burst, requiring surgery on St Stephen's Day which kept the veteran defender in hospital for five nights.

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