Meath make two changes for Dublin clash

MEATH boss Seamus McEnaney has made two changes to his side for this Sunday’s Leinster final clash with Dublin in Croke Park.

Stephen Bray is introduced at corner forward at the expense of Cian Ward, with former All-Star Kevin Reilly replacing Ciaran Lenehan at full-back, having recovered from his recent Achilles injury.

Following their shock win over Kildare in their recent semi-final meeting, the Royals will again require inspiring performances from Conor Gillespie, Joe Sheridan and Graham Reilly.

This Sunday’s final will be bitter-sweet for captain Seamus Kenny, who suffered a season-ending cruciate injury in this year’s opening round win over Wicklow, and is a survivor from Meath’s last Leinster final win over the Dubs back in 2001.

Speaking to the Daily Star, Kenny admitted that the atmosphere at that game was “totally unique”.

“I was a sub in 2001,” the captain explained. “It was my first season and I was surrounded by lads with All-Ireland medals and players of the year and All-Stars.”

“But I just remember the atmosphere at the Meath-Dublin game – it is totally unique. It is just the rivalry and the fact that every neutral in the country wants to see it as well,” Kenny finished.

Meath team to face Dublin: D Gallagher; D Keoghan, 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.

By Sharon Welton

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