Meath looking to lower the Banner in qualifiers
Meath will hope to get their summer back on track when they take on Clare away in the first round of the qualifiers.
Andy McEntee's were this morning drawn to take on the Munster side. It's sure to prove a tough assignment for his troops although at least they avoided some of the big guns in the draw such as Mayo and Tyrone.
The first named teams have home advantage with games to be played on the weekend of Saturday, Sunday 4th, 5th June. The CCCC will confirm fixture details in due course. The winners of the Round 1 qualifiers will be drawn against the four provincial runners-up in the second and final round of the qualifiers on Saturday, Sunday 11th and 12th June.
In March Meath travelled down to Cusack Park in Ennis to take on the Banner County in the NFL Div 2 and, despite playing poorly, they dug out a 0-10 to 0-9 victory with James Conlon slotting over the winning point three minutes into injury time.
Against Dublin in the Leinster SFC semi-final last week Meath were extremely disappointing, meekly conceding ground, and ultimately the match, to their old rivals.
Meath ended up losing that game 1-27 to 1-14 and their long-suffering supporters will be hoping for a major upturn in form.
The pressure will be on the McEntee and his players to produce this time and, despite their display against Dublin, they will go into the Clare game as favourites.
The complete draw made live on RTE this morning is: Mayo v Monaghan; Clare v Meath; Cork v Louth and Armagh v Tyrone.