Lennon named in Louth side

Shane Lennon has been named to start for Louth in tomorrow's Leinster SFC quarter-final against Kildare, despite suffering a broken thumb against Longford last time out.

Shane Lennon has been named to start for Louth in tomorrow's Leinster SFC quarter-final against Kildare, despite suffering a broken thumb against Longford last time out.

Lennon has been listed at full-forward for the Navan encounter (throw-in 7pm), and may play with a light cast on his hand if he is deemed fit to play.

The Kilkerley clubman also suffered ligament damage in the first round win over Longford, while he had a reaction to his hand injury in a club game last week.

However, Ronan Carroll is definitely out of the game. The Ardee native, who has been troubled by back and knee injuries this season, will have an operation on Tuesday week which will rule him out for six to eight weeks.

If Lennon takes his place in Louth's starting line-up, Louth manager Peter Fitzpatrick will be able to call on the same fifteen players who accounted for Longford on a 1-11 to 1-7 scoreline.

Fitzpatrick had former Donegal All-Ireland winning manager Brian McEniff helping out with training earlier this week, as Louth look to beat Kildare in Championship fare for the first time since 1995.

Since then, there have only been two SFC meetings between the sides, with the Lilywhites claiming tight victories in both 2000 (1-12 to 0-12) and 2002 (0-12 to 0-11).

Corner forward JP Rooney has issued a rallying call to his team-mates for tomorrow's clash, insisting that it is time for Louth to stop being known as 'the glorious losers.'

"So many times over the years, Louth has been known as the glorious losers because they try to play nice football and don't get very far," he told the Dundalk Democrat.

"We want to win this game and if we don't play well and win, we will still be happy."

With Louth already having beaten Kildare by 1-16 to 0-14 in this year's O'Byrne Cup, he added: "Kildare will be different (to the Longford game) as they are up there with the best in Leinster. They are probably looking at themselves as serious contenders for the Championship.

"The O'Byrne Cup is the O'Byrne Cup but it was still a game to be won and I am sure that Kildare wanted to win the game as well.

"Coming from that game, we know we can beat them, but it will take a bit of extra belief and more hard work on this occasion. If we lose a goal in the first minute or last minute, we have to just keep going."

LOUTH (SFC v Kildare): N Gallagher; E McAuly, D Finnegan, R Greene; R Finnegan, M Fanning, J O'Brien; P Keenan (capt), B White; A McDonnell, M Brennan, A Reid; C Judge, S Lennon, JP Rooney.

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