SEAMUS McENANEY'S unlikely tilt at Leinster SFC glory has been boosted by the recall of two key players to the Meath starting team.
Fit-again full-back Kevin Reilly and former All Star forward Stephen Bray have both been included for Sunday's Croke Park showdown with defending Leinster and All-Ireland champs Dublin.
The long-established duo have been dogged by injury trouble this summer. Bray - arguably Meath's top performer during a disastrous league - will be making his first championship start because of a hamstring injury that occurred in the lead-up to their opening round against Wicklow.
Reilly, meanwhile, didn't start their pulsating semi-final win over Kildare because of an Achilles problem.
However, both were fit enough to come off the bench during that second half, and their inclusion arguably gives a greater balance between battle-hardened experience and youthful exuberance as Meath seek to achieve back-to-back shock victories.
The players losing out are young defender Ciarán Lenehan and the recently out-of-form Cian Ward.
Lenehan was replaced by Eoghan Harrington after just 18 minutes against Kildare, but this time McEnaney opts for a defensive reshuffle with Reilly resuming in his usual No 3 spot, Bryan Menton moving back out to wing-back and Mickey Burke reverting to corner-back.
Bray came on for Ward after 41 minutes of the Kildare victory and went on to score a point. The 2007 All Star could also claim an intriguing 'assist' for Peadar Byrne's goal - charging into a 'ruck' and going unpunished, with referee Michael Collins awarding the throw-up ball (instead of a free) that directly led to the goal.
Some Dublin fans may be glad to see the back of Ward, given his previous deadball heroics off the bench to secure a draw in 2007, and also his dazzling goal during Meath's five-goal avalanche in the 2010 Leinster semi-final.
Not that Bray's recall offers much solace on that front: the Navan O'Mahony's man bagged 2-1 against a shellshocked Dublin full-back line two years ago.
MEATH (SFC v Dublin): D Gallagher; D Keogan, K Reilly, M Burke; D Tobin, S McAnarney, B Menton; C Gillespie, B Meade; A Forde, D Carroll, G Reilly; B Farrell, J Sheridan, S Bray.
MEATH (MFC v Dublin): J Hannigan; D Smyth, B Power, S Gallagher; P Kennelly, S McEntee, R O Coileain; A Flanagan, P Harnan; C O'Sullivan, J Daly, J McEntee; B Dardis, S Coogan, F Ward.