O'Rourke comeback is timely
SHANE O'ROURKE made a return to county senior team action as Meath played two challenge games over the past week.
Mick O'Dowd's experimental outfits defeated Laois by a point and then later in the week registered a fine 2-14 to 0-8 victory over Kildare who now have Jason Ryan in charge.
O'Rourke impressed in the middle of the field in that win over the Lilywhites in what was an unfamiliar Royal outfit. With Brian Meade likely to miss most of the NFL as he recovers from a cruciate knee injury, manager O'Dowd will be hoping that the Simonstown man will be back to match fitness for the league.
The county has received a further boost with the return of defender Donnacha Tobin following a spell spent in Australia.
The Blackhall Gaels man won himself a regular spot on the starting team during Seamus McEnaney's tenure, and while he wasn't part of the recent challenge games due to a minor injury he is expected to return to the panel in preparation for the NFL.
Meath lined out against Kildare as follows:
Andy Colgan (Donaghmore/ Ashbourne); Gerard Farrelly (Castletown), Sean Curran (Donaghmore/ Ashbourne), Cian McPartland (Oldcastle); Kevin McCann (Duleek/ Bellewstown), Martin Fox (St Vincent's), Cathal Finn (Dunboyne); Shane O'Rourke (Simonstown), Harry Rooney (Skryne); Ben Brennan (St Colmcille's), Padraig McKeever (Simonstown), Kevin Ross (Castletown); David Bray (O'Mahonys), Shane Gillespie (O'Mahonys), Donal Lenihan (Dunboyne). Subs: Simon Carty (Dunderry), Michael Farley (Na Fianna), Conor McHugh (Oldcastle).