Meath travel to Pearse stadium this Sunday looking for their third win in the NFL Second division, while the Tribesmen are aiming to bounce back from last week’s capitulation against Westmeath.
A promising start to the league campaign for Galway has been abruptly halted with a draw against Louth and, the concession of three late, late points against Westmeath cost them a game they were a shoe-in to win.
Meath also had a narrow loss to Kildare last week, going down by a single point in a high-quality game of football. All of Meath’s six forwards were on the score sheet and this is where the Meath men may get the better of an inexperienced Galway defence.
New manager Galway Alan Mulholland is under no illusion’s of the task facing the Tribesmen this Sunday and has named Diarmuid Blake, in his frist start in the league, at centre-back while recognised defender Gary Sice is named on half-forward line but is sure to help out in defence.
Meath pipped Galway in last year’s championship qualifiers by 0-11 to 0-10 in a close game and Mulholland has urged his troops to be more clincal in front of goal, whilst calling on supporters to come out and support their team.
“Meath are playing very well and it is a difficult assignment,” he says. ” There was very little between the sides in last year’s championship and we will be approaching Sunday in a positive frame of mind.
” We all know we will have to improve significantly on how we played last weekend to match them. Our next two games are at home and we are hopeful Galway supporters will come out and give us a boost.
“We had good support last weekend in Westmeath, and we were very disappointed that we did not get at least a point out of that game. Vocal home support is a major plus for any team and we would ask the Galway GAA supporters to come out and give us their backing this Sunday.”
Galway may well be at home where a decent turnout is expected, nevertheless, Meath, especially with their lethal forwards, will have a bit too much fire-power and will stay second in the table provided Tyrone win tonight.
Galway v Meath, Pearse Stadium, Sunday 2.30pm
1.David Gallagher2 Mickey Burke 3 Kevin Reilly 4 Bryan Menton 5 Chris O’Connor 6 Shane McAnarney 7 Ciaran Lenihan 8 Tom Walsh 9 Mark Ward 10 Seamus Kenny(Capt) 11 Greham Reilly 12 Donnacha Tobin 13 Paddy Gilsenan 14 Stephen Bray 15 Cian Ward
1-Adrian Faherty 2-Kieran McGrath 3-Finian Hanley 4-Keith Kelly 5-Garreth Bradshaw 6-Diarmuid Blake 7-Gary O’Donnell 8- Greg Higgins 9- Joe Bergin 10-Gary Sice 11-Damien Burke 12- Niall Coleman 13-Nicky Joyce 14 -Paul Conroy 15-Danny Cummins