McBarron gets Fermanagh call

Experienced midfielder Liam McBarron has been called into the Fermanagh side for Sunday's All-Ireland SFC first round qualifier against Wexford (Clones, throw-in 2pm).

Experienced midfielder Liam McBarron has been called into the Fermanagh side for Sunday's All-Ireland SFC first round qualifier against Wexford (Clones, throw-in 2pm).

McBarron, who tore his cruciate knee ligament last summer, is back to full fitness and will be making his first competitive appearance of 2007 for the Ernesiders.

He replaces the injured Martin McGrath as one of two changes manager Charlie Mulgrew has made to the side that lost to Tyrone in the Ulster championship in May.

The other switch sees Ryan Keenan preferred to Colm Bradley at left corner forward. Both McGrath and Bradley have been included amongst the substitutes.

Fermanagh also met Wexford in last year's All-Ireland qualifiers with Mulgrew's men emerging as 2-12 to 0-11 victors in the third round. Goals from Ciaran O'Reilly (penalty) and Eamon Maguire helped Mulgrew's men pull through.

Meanwhile, Gary Dolan has been passed fit to play for Westmeath in tomorrow's first round qualifier against Longford (Cusack Park, throw-in 5pm).

Dolan, whose goals against Sligo and Galway last year helped Westmeath reach the All-Ireland quatrer-finals, is back after having laser surgery on his eyes to improve his vision. He came on as a late substitute in the Lake county's 2-13 to 1-13 Leinster first round defeat to Longford in May.

The Dolan brothers, Gary and Dessie, will line out at full-forward and left corner forward respectively for the rematch with Longford.

Westmeath boss Tomas S Flatharta has made two changes to the side he selected for May's clash with Dolan and Gary Glennon coming in as indirect replacements for David O'Shaughnessy, who has been nursing an Achilles injury, and Kieran Gavin, who made his championship debut last time out.

In a notable switch, Paul Bannon has been moved from corner forward to midfield to partner Martin Flanagan and cover the absence of O'Shaughnessy.

Leitrim boss Dessie Dolan snr, father of the Westmeath skipper, has made two changes to his side for tomorrow's qualifier encounter with league champions Donegal (Carrick-on-Shannon, throw-in 7pm).

Mohill clubman Ciaran Kennedy comes in at right half-back to replace Barry Prior, while Fintan McBrien of Aughavas has been preferred to James Glancy at full-forward.

Leitrim are meeting Donegal for the first time in championship fare - their run was ended in the second round of the All-Ireland qualifiers last year when they lost 1-7 to 0-9 to Sligo.

FERMANAGH (SFC v Wexford) - C Breen; S Goan, B Owens, N Bogue; S Lyons, S McDermott, T McElroy; L McBarron, M Murphy; M Little, T Brewster (capt), E Maguire; C McElroy, C O'Reilly, R Keenan.

WESTMEATH (SFC v Longford) - G Connaughton; F Boyle, D O'Donoghue, J Keane; D Healy, M Ennis, G Glennon; P Bannon, M Flanagan; Denis Glennon, J Smyth, F Wilson; A Mangan, G Dolan, D Dolan (capt).

LEITRIM (SFC v Donegal) - J Gill; D Reynolds, M McGuinness, B McWeeney; C Kennedy, J McKeon (capt), S Foley; G McCloskey, M Duignan; C Regan, M Foley, D Maxwell; D Brennan, F McBrien, C Duignan.

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