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McEnaney brings Burke and O'Connor back into fold

Published 20/05/2011 | 05:00

MEATH football boss Seamus McEnaney has recalled defenders Chris O'Connor and Mickey Burke to his championship panel.

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Burke (Longwood) established himself at centre-back last summer before breaking his leg in two places in the Leinster SFC quarter-final replay against Laois.

O'Connor has been a starting corner-back for the past two seasons, but was involved in a long club run with Ballinabrackey, as well as playing for Waterford IT.

Neither man made McEnaney's championship cut recently, but the door was left open. They are both expected to feature in a challenge game against Westmeath in Rosemount tonight (7.30).

Meath will play the winners of Kildare and Wicklow on June 5.

Lilies' boss Kieran McGeeney is set to give a championship debut to goalkeeper Shane Connolly (St Laurence's) for Sunday's clash with the Garden county.

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Brothers Morgan and Eoghan O'Flaherty have been named in their half-forward line, but despite speculation that All Star John Doyle will be used at midfield, he has been named at corner-forward, with Hugh Lynch partnering Daryl Flynn in the middle.

Division 4 champions Longford have made just one change from their side to face Laois, with U-21 star Kevin Diffley coming in at centre-back for Diarmuid Masterson.

Padraig Clancy, Paul Cahillane and Donie Kingston are all missing for Laois due to injury, but Mark Timmons has made it. Justin McNulty's first championship selection features 13 of the starters who lost the Division 2 league final to Donegal, with Cahir Healy replacing Denis Booth at corner-back and Daithi Carroll coming in.

Captain Graham Canty and goalkeeper Alan Quirke return to Cork's starters for their Munster SFC opener against Clare. Aidan Walsh is fit to play at midfield.

Fintan Goold loses out in the offensive reshuffle and Denis O'Sullivan starts at wing-back in the only other change from the NFL final, with John Miskella and Paudie Kissane losing out.

Niall Browne, a former Kildare panellist, will make his Munster championship debut in midfield for Clare.

Derry will feature five first-time Ulster SFC starters against Fermanagh -- Emmet McGuckin, Charlie Kielt, Danny Devlin, Michael Friel and Cailean O'Boyle.

New Westmeath hurling boss Brian Hanley has managed to persuade dual star Paul Greville to return in time for this weekend's Leinster SHC clash with Carlow.

Dublin footballers, meanwhile, have named a very strong team for tonight's charity challenge match against Monaghan in Parnell Park -- it features all three Brogan brothers, Rory O'Carroll at full-back and Paul Griffin at wing-back.

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