Thursday 22 March 2018

Meath ready to get revenge on Dessie's boys

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Páirc Tailteann, Today (4.0)

Dublin's preparations for the upcoming championship continue when they face Meath in the Leinster Minor Football League Final at Páirc Tailteann, Navan later this afternoon.

The Dubs travel to Dr Cullen Park to face Carlow in the Leinster Championship in a fortnight's time and this afternoon's clash against their near neighbours should give some indication as to their prospects of retaining last year's provincial title.

Meath will provide ideal opposition in that respect, given that they strolled through their round-robin group with wins over Louth, Wexford and Carlow before putting a decent Longford side to the sword in the semi-final on a 1-16 to 0-8 scoreline.

That performance in Drumlish showed the Royal County at their best, with their power and pace typified by their fine centrefield pairing of Shane McEntee and Adam Flanagan while the full-forward line of Barry Dardis, Eamon Wallace and Stephen Coogan shared 1-11 over the hour.

Dublin's own league campaign has seen a draw with Offaly sandwiched by two facile wins over Wicklow and Westmeath as manager Dessie Farrell and mentors Philip McElwee and Alan McNally have assessed the strength of their panel ahead of their provincial defence.

A potential headache may revolve again around the importance of their dual players with Cormac Costello, Conor McHugh and Eric Lowndes all expected to feature prominently in both football and hurling.

The Dubs beat Meath by 10 points in last year's Leinster Championship final but a repeat of that is highly unlikely.

Verdict: Meath

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