Westmeath to field much-changed team against Derry

There are only five survivors in the Westmeath team to play Derry in Allianz Football League Division 2 this weekend.

Westmeath to field much-changed team against Derry

There are only five survivors in the Westmeath team to play Derry in Allianz Football League Division 2 this weekend.

With the Lakesiders' place in the top flight for next season already secured, manager Pat Flanagan has opted to make wholesale changes to the side that started the recent 0-17 to 0-16 promotion-clinching win over Armagh.

For Sunday's trip to Celtic Park (throw-in 3pm), regulars Paul Sharry and Dessie Dolan return to the starting line-up having both recently recovered from injury.

Rosemount goalkeeper Eoin Carberry takes over from Gary Connaughton between the posts, while Damien Dolan, Sharry and Doron Harte have been drafted into the defence with Darragh Daly taking over from John Heslin, the late point-scoring hero against Armagh, in midfield.

Denis Corroon is the only player to keep his place in the Westmeath attack, as Kieran Martin, Callum McCormack, Ger Egan, Ciaran Curley and Denis Glennon all making way.

Declan Mullen and Paul Bannon come into the half-forward line, and Mullingar Shamrocks clubman Lorcan Smyth will make his first competitive start for the midlanders alongside Dessie Dolan and Ronan Foley.

A final round win for Derry would guarantee promotion for them and a place in the Division 2 final against Westmeath, with that game due to take place at Croke Park on Sunday, April 28.

A draw this weekend may even be enough for Brian McIver's men, who currently lie in second place and have a two-point lead over both Laois and Galway.

WESTMEATH (NFL v Derry): Eoin Carberry; John Gaffey, Kieran Gavin, Kevin Maguire; Damien Dolan, Paul Sharry, Doron Harte; David Duffy, Darragh Daly; Declan Mullen, Paul Bannon, Denis Corroon; Ronan Foley, Lorcan Smith, Dessie Dolan.

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