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Bray and Reilly face last-gasp fitness tests for Galway clash

Published 09/07/2011 | 05:00

MEATH boss Seamus McEnaney has delayed his team selection for tonight's win-or-bust clash with Galway to put Stephen Bray and Kevin Reilly through late fitness tests.

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Both men missed the Louth game with hamstring and back injuries respectively, but the Royals are hopeful that Bray, at least, will make it and his return is all the more important with Graham Geraghty now out.

Tonight's game is expected to attract a bumper crowd to Navan, but there are still tickets available for tomorrow's Leinster final between Dublin and Wexford.

Down's Conor Garvey is back in the side to face Leitrim today, replacing Aussie Rules-bound Caolan Mooney in the only change from their scare against Clare.

qualifiers

The draws for both the third and fourth-round of the football qualifiers will be made tomorrow night, which means that the Connacht and Ulster finalists will know before their deciders on July 17 whom the losers will be meeting on July 23.

Teams drawn out of the hat first for Round 3 will have home advantage, but venues for Round 4 will be decided by the CCCC.

The draw for the All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals (on July 24) will also be made tomorrow night, but no draw may be needed if Waterford lose and Limerick win, because teams who have already met will be kept apart.

Cavan have altered their senior football management structure for 2012, with Val Andrews occupying the No 1 seat on his own.

Terry Hyland, who was joint-manager with Andrews this year, will continued as a selector with Stephen King and will also remain in charge of the U-21s, whom he led to the Ulster title this year.

Cavan seniors had a disappointing year, finishing fifth in Division 3 before losing to Donegal by nine points in the Ulster championship and to Longford by 11 points in the qualifiers.

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