Burke is Meath's only change

Burke is Meath's only change

Mickey Burke has been named in the Meath team to take on defending champions Dublin in Sunday's Leinster SFC final at Croke Park (throw-in 2pm).

Burke will start at centre-back in place of Caoimhin King in the only change to the Royals' starting line-up from their semi-final victory over Wexford two weeks ago.

It will be the Longwood clubman's second start of the 2013 Championship after featuring at wing back in the opening win over Wicklow, while he also played for the Meath hurlers recently in the Christy Ring Cup.

Gunning for their first Leinster senior title since 2010, Meath will be meeting their arch rivals Dublin for the 60th time in the Championship. The counties' SFC rivalry stretches back to 1894 when they clashed for the first time in a game that finished 0-4 apiece.

The Royals are aiming for their 20th Championship victory over the Dubs, with newcomer Mickey Newman hoping to continue his match-winning form from the Wexford game - he converted nine frees in the 0-18 to 0-13 triumph last time out.

Mick O'Dowd, who was part of the squad that beat Dublin in the 2001 Leinster final, is looking forward to his first provincial decider as Meath manager.

"The Leinster final is a huge occasion and Meath-Dublin finals have been iconic games over the years. It's a great challenge and one we'll relish," he said.

"My own memories go back to the 1980s. They were great days and gave me the love of the game that I have, and they are probably the reason I'm doing this.

"I'm very proud of where I'm from and you'd be inspired by those days. No doubt some of the current crop were inspired by the days in the 1990s."

MEATH (SFC v Dublin): Paddy O'Rourke; Donal Keogan, Kevin Reilly (capt), Bryan Menton; Padraic Harnan, Mickey Burke, Seamus Kenny; Brian Meade, Conor Gillespie; Peadar Byrne, Damien Carroll, Graham Reilly; Eamonn Wallace, Stephen Bray, Mickey Newman.


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