Meath manager Mick O’Dowd has named a strong starting 15 for Sunday’s eagerly-awaited O’Byrne Cup final against Kildare at Newbridge with a full-forward line of Eamon Wallace, Stephen Bray and Michael Newman.
Meath will be bidding to prevent Kildare completing a two-in-a-row in the decider that will be televised by TG4, throw-in at 2pm.
Meath last faced Kildare in the O’Byrne Cup final 25 years ago back in 1989 when the Lilywhites won by 2-8 to 0-9, but next Sunday’s final should be a much higher scoring affair.
In the semi-finals Meath defeated a DCU team that knocked out Dublin and the Royals won by 4-15 to 2-6 last Sunday while Kildare were 5-17 to 2-11 winners against UCD a week ago.
The Meath team is:
Conor McHugh (Oldcastle)
Donal Keogan (Rathkenny)
Michael Burke (Longwood)
Caolan Young (Summerhill)
Davy Dalton (Summerhill)
Eoghan Harrington (Wolfe Tones)
Paddy Gilsenan (Oldcastle)
Conor Gillespie (Summerhill)
Andrew Tormey (Donaghmore/Ashbourne)
Padraig McKeever (Simonstown Gaels)
Dalton McDonagh (Na Fianna)
David Larkin (Summerhill)
Eamon Wallace (Ratoath)
Stephen Bray (Navan O’Mahonys)
Michael Newman (Kilmainham).
Fergal Lynch will be updating on Twitter from Newbridge on Sunday.