Meehan back for Tribe as Ó Flatharta shuffles deck

MICHEAL MEEHAN returns to the Galway starting lineup for tomorrow’s All-Ireland SFC qualifier against Meath in one of five changes made by manager Tomás Ó Flatharta following the Connacht semi-final defeat to Mayo.

Meehan will start at right corner-forward and is also joined in the team by Diarmuid Blake drafted in at centre-back and Matthew Clancy at left half-forward.

Fintan Ó’Curraoin and Tomas Flynn, who formed a midfield partnership for the All-Ireland winning U21 team in May, get their first championship starts at midfield and right half-forward respectively. The players to make way are Alan Burke, Gary O’Donnell, Greg Higgins, Eoin Concannon and Paul Conroy. Notable positional switches see Finian Hanley return to full-back from his midfield berth while Gareth Bradshaw is switched from wing-forward to wing-back.

Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney has made four changes for their trip to face Laois in the qualifiers in Portlaoise tomorrow.

Andriú MacLochlainn comes in at right corner-back while there is a new full-forward line of Robert Kelly, Tomas O’Connor and Fionn Dowling. Positional switches see Morgan O’Flaherty go to centre-back, Ollie Lyons move to left half-back and Eamonn Callaghan start at left half-forward.

Mark Timmons has been brought into the Laois defence at left corner-back instead of Peter O’Leary in the only change from the team that defeated Tipperary in the opening round of the qualifiers. Wexford boss Jason Ryan has named an unchanged team for Sunday’s Leinster final meeting with Dublin in Croke Park from the side that crushed Carlow at the semi-final stage.

Martin Penrose returns to the Tyrone starting lineup at right corner-forward for tomorrow’s All-Ireland SFC qualifier against Longford instead of Owen Mulligan. Red Hands duo Martin Swift and Stephen O’Neill will both undergo late fitness tests.

Armagh boss Paddy O’Rourke has made four alterations in personnel for their home qualifier tie against Wicklow. Paul Duffy comes in at left corner-back, Finian Moriarty is introduced at left half-back, James Lavery will start at midfield while Brian Mallon gets the nod at centre-forward.

Waterford manager John Owens has drafted Cillian O’Keeffe and Patrick Whyte into his attack for their trip to Ruislip to face London in the qualifiers.

GALWAY (SF v Meath): A Faherty; J Duane, F Hanley, C Forde; G Bradshaw, D Blake, G Sice; J Bergin, F O Currain; T Flynn, M Hehir, M Clancy; M Meehan, P Joyce, C Bane.

KILDARE (SF v Laois): S Connolly; A MacLochlainn, M Foley, H McGrillen; G White, M O’Flaherty, O Lyons; J Doyle, H Lynch; P O’Neill, E O’Flaherty, E Callaghan; R Kelly, T O’Connor, F Dowling.

WEXFORD (SF v Dublin): A Masterson; J Wadding, G Molloy, B Malone; A Flynn, D Murphy, A Doyle; D Waters, R Quinlivan; S Roche, C Lyng, B Brosnan; C Morris, E Bradley, R Barry.

TYRONE (SF v Longford): P McConnell; M Swift, Joe McMahon, R McMenamin; D Harte, C Gormley, P Jordan; K Hughes, S Cavanagh; B Dooher, B McGuigan, P Harte; M Penrose, M Donnelly, Stephen O’Neill.

ARMAGH (SF v Wicklow): P Hearty; A Mallon, B Donaghy, P Duffy; A Kernan, C McKeever, F Moriarty; J Lavery, C Vernon; K Dyas, B Mallon, M Mackin; M O’Rourke, S McDonnell, J Clarke.

LAOIS (SF v Kildare): E Culliton; C Healy, K Meaney, M Timmons; D Strong, S Julian, P McMahon; P Clancy, B Quigley; C Begley, J O’Loughlin, N Donoher; R Munnelly, D Kingston, MJ Tierney.

WATERFORD (SF v London): K Cotter; M O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, E Walsh; T Grey, K Connery, W Hennessy; M Ahearne, G Hurney; C O’Keeffe, S Fleming, P Whyte; B Wall, B Phelan, P Hurney.

CARLOW (SF v Antrim): T O’Reilly; A Murphy, C Lawlor, B Kavanagh; P Cashin, S Redmond, K Nolan; Brendan Murphy, D Foley; P Hickey, T Walsh, E Finnegan; Brian Murphy, W Minchin, D St Ledger.

LEITRIM (SF v Down): C McCrann; D Reynolds, J McKeon, P Maguire; D Beck, G Reynolds, B Prior; D Lowe, D Sweeney; R Lowe, E Mulligan, C Clarke; B McDonald, J Glancy, A Croal.

LONGFORD (SF v Tyrone): D Sheridan; D Brady, B Gilleran, D Reilly; S Mulligan, K Diffley, N Farrell; B McElvaney, M Brady; D Barden, D Masterson, P Barden; D McElligott, B Kavanagh, S McCormack.

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