Longford v Meath – Preview, Team News & betting advice

Meath will travel to Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday afternoon to take on Longford in wha will be a close in my opinion anyway.

Meath played in Division 2 of the league and they failed to make any impact, winning three, losing three and drawing one. In saying that though they have good players in their ranks, like Donal Lenihan, Graham Reilly, Brian Menton, James Toher and Donal Keoghan to name but a few.

Their opponents on Sunday, Longford, come into the game in much better form. They narrowly missed out on promotion from Division 3 behind Armagh and Fermanagh, a final round defeat to Fermanagh by a point was the cause. However, they won four, lost two and drew one. They can all on players like Michael Quinn, Brian Kavanagh, Peter Foy and Barry McKeown.

STATS

The sides will meet in the championship for the first time in 23 years. The last meeting was in 1995 when Meath won by 17 points in the Leinster quarter final.

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS

1995: Meath 4-15 Longford 0-10 (Leinster quarter-final)

1990: Meath 3-15 Longford 0-12 (Leinster quarter-final)

1982: Longford 0-12 Meath 0-11 (Leinster first round)

1972: Meath 0-16 Longford 1-9 (Leinster quarter-final)

1968: Longford 0-12 Meath 0-7 (Leinster semi-final)

The last time Meath lost their first outing in the Leinster championship was in 2011 when they went down to Kildare. Longford lost to Laois in their first outing last year and to Offaly the year before, leaving them seeking their first win in Leinster championship since 2015.

Team News

Meath (Leinster SFC v Longford): Andrew Colgan; Seamus Lavin, Conor McGill, Sean Curran; James McEntee, Donal Keogan, Shane McEntee; Bryan Menton, Paddy Kennelly; Cillian O’Sullivan, Ben Brennan, Mickey Burke; Bryan McMahon, Graham Reilly, Donal Lenihan.

Subs: Marcus Brennan, Conor Dempsey, Daniel O’Neill, Cian O’Brien, Adam Flanagan, Eamon Wallace, Joey Wallace, Thomas O’Reilly, Luke Martyn, Shane Glynn, Gavin McCoy.

Betting Advice

Longford despite been the home side here are 5/2 to win and Meath are 2/5 to progress to a semi-final meeting with either Dublin or Wicklow. I firmly believe this game will be decided in the final five minutes and I think Meath will just in by a point or two, on that basis would back Meath to win by 1-3  points at 11/4.

 

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