We have live score updates from the division two clash between Meath v Louth.
Louth’s Allianz National Football League Division 2 survival bid has been dealt a severe blow with the news that star midfielder Brian Donnelly is to miss Sunday’s all-or-nothing meeting with Meath at Páirc Tailteann (throw-in 2:30pm).
The Cooley Kickhams man sustained an ankle injury during the drawn fixture with Derry at Celtic Park two weeks ago.
The young man has been in impressive form for the Wee County, with his aerial prowess being particularly noteworthy.
The bad news for manager Peter Fitzpatrick has been tempered somewhat however by the fact that Donnelly’s midfield partner Paddy Keenan will return to the starting line-up. The St. Patrick’s man missed Louth’s last fixture as a precaution but is now definitely fully fit and will captain the side.
Louth will also welcome back Geraldine’s left corner back Gerard Hoey for the Easter Sunday showdown.
Meath manager Séamus McEnaney meanwhile has stated that he is ‘not fazed’ by rumors that relegation would cost him a role he has held for some 18 months stating in a Friday press conference:
“I have been involved over the last six or seven years in last-day games with either promotion or relegation on the line.
“Even though you don’t want to be involved on the last day and you would love to have everything sorted out before then, it brings a great buzz to the last day of the national football league, with so many permutations of what might happen.
“My record’s not too bad – I have battled my way out of six of the last seven years. Thankfully, three or four of them were promotion. The last couple of them were relegation battles.”
Legendary former Royals’ manager Seán Boylan is favorite to replace McEnaney should the Monaghan native be relieved of his duties.
Louth need a win to ensure their safety in the second tier, though a draw would be enough to pull the Royals clear of a very congested bottom of the table with four counties (including both protagonists in Navan) all locked on four points with Derry just one point above that bottom four.