Bolton returns to Kildare team

Emmet Bolton has replaced Ollie Lyons in Kildare's starting line-up for the All-Ireland SFC third round qualifier against Meath on Saturday.

Emmet Bolton has replaced Ollie Lyons in Kildare's starting line-up for the All-Ireland SFC third round qualifier against Meath on Saturday.

Bolton has shaken off the hamstring injury which ruled him out of Kildare's 3-16 to 0-10 victory over Laois in the previous round.

Kieran McGeeney keeps faith with the six starting forwards who accumulated 1-6 of that tally, including a full-forward line led by the impressive Tomás O’Connor.

James Kavanagh, who finished with 1-1 as a second half substitute, has to be content with a place on the bench again.

Fellow substitute Mikey Conway made a welcome return to Championship football last Saturday, almost two years to the day of his career-threatening knee injury at the same Portlaoise venue.

This weekend's game in Navan (throw-in 7pm) is an all-ticket affair and the capacity at Páirc Tailteann has been capped at 20,000 due to healthy and safety reasons.

The Lilywhites, who beat Meath in the Leinster Championship last month, are odds-on favourites to repeat that win.

McGeeney's men also beat Meath 2-17 to 1-12 in last year's All-Ireland quarter-final and picked up a 1-14 to 1-12 victory when the sides met in the Allianz Football League in March.

The winners of Saturday's televised clash will face the losers of the Derry v Donegal Ulster final in round 4.

KILDARE (SFC v Meath): Shane Connolly; Aindriú Mac Lochlainn, Michael Foley, Hugh McGrillen; Gary White, Morgan O'Flaherty, Emmet Bolton; John Doyle (capt), Hugh Lynch; Padraig O'Neill, Eoghan O'Flaherty, Eamonn Callaghan; Robert Kelly, Tomás O’Connor, Fionn Dowling.

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