Suspension-free Barden not in Longford side

Despite being free to play in Sunday's Leinster senior football championship opener against Westmeath, Longford attacker David Barden has not been named by manager Luke Dempsey in the starting side for this weekend's clash.

Despite being free to play in Sunday's Leinster senior football championship opener against Westmeath, Longford attacker David Barden has not been named by manager Luke Dempsey in the starting side for this weekend's clash.

Barden has to be content with a place on the substitutes bench despite being cleared to play following an appeal against a suspension on Tuesday night.

However, there is good news for his brother Paul Barden who has been named in the team after being given the all-clear to play following a back injury.

He scored 7-15 during Longford's National League campaign and is certainly a huge asset to them for this Sunday's game.

Elsewhere in Dempsey's selection, the experienced David Hannify will play in his first championship game since 2004, having been named at centre-back.

Under-21 player Diarmuid Masterson holds down the full-back berth, while Paul Barden's fellow 2006 All Star nominee, Brian Kavanagh - one of Longford's leading lights in recent seasons - is listed at top of the left for the Pearse Park tie.

Liam Keenan will also start at midfield, having delayed his honeymoon in order to be available for this weekend's local derby.

LONGFORD (SFC v Westmeath) - Damien Sheridan (capt); Dermot Brady, Diarmuid Masterson, Declan Reilly; Shane Mulligan, David Hannify, Noel Farrell; Bernard McElvaney, Liam Keenan; Trevor Smullen, Paul Barden, Padraig Berry; Kevin Mulligan, Paddy Dowd, Brian Kavanagh.

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