Monday 23 October 2017

Former Galway star Meehan set for shock inter-county comeback

Michael Meehan quit three years ago. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / Sportsfile
Michael Meehan quit three years ago. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Michael Meehan is on the verge of a sensational inter-county comeback having taken part in a mid-week training session with Kevin Walsh's Galway football squad.

Meehan (32) was forced to abandon his county career three years ago due to a long-term ankle injury but looks set to return in what would be another significant boost for the high-flying Tribesmen.

The hugely talented Caltra attacker has previously stated that he was "unlikely" to revive his Galway career but he may be ready to leave his injury woes behind him and play some part as Walsh sets his sights on promotion to Division 1 and retaining their Connacht SFC crown.

After Sean Armstrong's recent career U-turn, Meehan, a former Galway skipper, may get to rekindle his scoring partnership with the Salthill/Knocknacarra forward - the pair were dubbed the 'terrible twins' after a bagging a hat-trick apiece in their 2005 All-Ireland U-21 final win.

Elsewhere, Connacht rivals Mayo show one change from the side that swept Roscommon aside as Stephen Rochford's men attempt to end Dublin's remarkable 32-game unbeaten sequence in Croke Park tonight (7.0).

David Drake comes into defence with Conor O'Shea losing out, while Tom Parsons is kept in reserve for a mouthwatering repeat of last year's All-Ireland final, which comes too soon for the injured trio of Ger Cafferkey and brothers Aidan and Seamus O'Shea.

Jim Gavin's all-conquering Dubs have amassed 27 wins and five draws since March 1, 2015 and show two changes with 2015 Footballer of the Year Jack McCaffrey making way for David Byrne, while Michael Darragh Macauley replaces Ciaran Reddin at midfield.

Another intriguing Allianz FL Division 1 tie sees Kerry head to Dr Hyde Park tomorrow in search of their first win in three games, with Eamonn Fitzmaurice expecting "an absolute battle" from Kevin McStay's Roscommon.

Mark Griffin and Jonathan Lyne make way for Barry John Keane and Donnchadh Walsh, who returns from his one-game suspension, while Killian Young slots into full-back and Tadhg Morley is named at No 6, with Peter Crowley and former All-Star defender Paul Murphy manning the half-back slots.

Kevin McCarthy and Jack Savage inject youth to the attack as a potent inside line consisting of Keane, Paul Geaney and former Footballer of the Year James O'Donoghue start in the full-forward line as former captain Bryan Sheehan misses out after picking up a straight red against Monaghan last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Brian Cody has rung the changes ahead of tomorrow's Allianz HL Division 1A clash with Cork as the 11-time All-Ireland-winning manager gives four new faces a chance to impress as Kilkenny search for their first win of the league campaign

Bennettsbridge centre-back Jason Cleere will make his senior bow for the Cats at No 6 where he will pick up Rebel attacker Conor Lehane, who comes in at centre-forward for Kieran Kingston's side, while O'Loughlin Gaels midfielder Paddy Deegan partners Cillian Buckley in the engine-room.

Colin Fennelly's seasonal return is a major boost to a goal-shy Cats attack where St Lachtain's Conor Martin is handed the No 14 shirt.

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