Louth team named for Kidare clash

Louth manager Aidan O'Rourke has made three personnel changes for Saturday's All-Ireland SFC second round qualifier against Kildare in Newbridge (throw-in 7pm).

Louth team named for Kidare clash

Louth manager Aidan O'Rourke has made three personnel changes for Saturday's All-Ireland SFC second round qualifier against Kildare in Newbridge (throw-in 7pm).

Dromintee's Shane McCoy returns between the posts, standing in for the suspended Neil Gallagher who was red carded late on in the first round win over Antrim.

John O'Brien is back from suspension to claim a wing back berth and Ray Finnegan also resumes in the half-back line, with Conor McGuinness and Brian Donnelly the players to make way.

Brian White is listed as Paddy Keenan's midfield partner and there are further positional switches with Adrian Reid selected in the half forwards alongside Colm Rafferty and Ciaran Byrne, the latter having scored 1-2 in last month's qualifier defeat of Antrim.

Colm Judge from Newtown Blues, meanwhile, will line out at top of the left for the counties' first Championship meeting since a 2010 Leinster quarter-final which Louth won by 1-22 to 1-16 - Judge and Shane Lennon scored 0-4 each that day in Navan, with Brian White (0-6) in top-scoring form.

This weekend's game also pits Louth boss Aidan O'Rourke against his former Armagh team-mate Kieran McGeeney, who has managed Kildare since 2008.

In O'Rourke's first Championship campaign with the Wee County, they beat Laois 1-16 to 1-6 in the Leinster Championship before losing to Wexford (2-13 to 1-13) at the quarter-final stage.

However, they got back on the winning trail when accounting for Antrim (1-17 to 1-11) in Drogheda on June 29 - their first victory in the All-Ireland qualifiers since 2007.

LOUTH (SFC v Kildare): Shane McCoy; Padraig Rath, Dessie Finnegan, John Bingham; John O'Brien, Derek Crilly, Ray Finnegan; Paddy Keenan, Brian White; Ciaran Byrne, Conor Rafferty, Adrian Reid; Derek Maguire, Shane Lennon, Colm Judge.

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