Hanely keeps faith for Galway game

In naming his team to face Galway on Sunday, Westmeath manager Brian Hanley has given a vote of confidence to the players that started the Leinster SHC first round win over Antrim.

In naming his team to face Galway on Sunday, Westmeath manager Brian Hanley has given a vote of confidence to the players that started the Leinster SHC first round win over Antrim.

Hanley has kept faith with the side that beat the Saffrons 0-14 to 0-12 two weeks ago, with minor stars Niall O'Brien and Robbie Greville retaining their places in attack.

O'Brien from Castletown-Geoghegan marked his Championship debut against Antrim by top-scoring with 0-8, including six efforts from frees.

Former dual player Francis Boyle will again lead the attack from centre forward, and another newcomer Aonghus Clarke, O'Brien's club-mate, will continue his midfield partnership with brother Joe.

Andrew Mitchell and Dan Carty remain on the Lakesiders' injury list, while vice-captain Philip Gilsenan has to be content with a place on the bench once more.

Westmeath certainly put it up to Galway when the sides met at this stage of last year's Leinster Championship, going down by 4-17 to 2-14 after a spirited showing.

Sunday's quarter-final in Mullingar (throw-in 3.30pm) offers the underdogs another chance to cause an upset and Athenry man Hanley sees it as 'a massive test' for his youthful, new-look side.

Speaking to the Westmeath Topic, he said: "All the pressure is on Galway to perform and Anthony (Cunningham) will want to make a big statement in what is his first Championship game as Galway manager.

"He's had a lot of big days at Cusack Park with Garrycastle and I know from having worked alongside him with the Galway Under-21s for two years just how well he'll have his team prepared for this game.

"For us, it's another step up from the Antrim game, another massive test. We've come a long way from last year, having lost only two competitive games (both to Carlow), but so too have Galway.

"They only missed out on a place in the league semi-finals by a point and I suppose the biggest difference from last year is that they will be ready for us."

WESTMEATH (SFC v Galway): Shane McGovern; Conor Jordan, Adam Price, Paul Fennell; Paddy Dowdall (capt), Alan McGrath, Paul Greville; Aonghus Clarke, Joe Clarke; Brendan Murtagh, Francis Boyle, Robbie Greville; Niall O'Brien, John Shaw, Eoin Price.

Subs: Paddy Maloney, Philip Gilsenan, David Fennell, Eamonn Clarke, Cormac Boyle, Andrew Dermody, Kevin Orme, Seamus Savage, Tommy Gallagher, John Gilligan, David Higgins, Killian Murphy, Aaron Craig, Anthony Price.

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