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Donegal set to turn up heat on McEnaney


Páirc Tailteann, Tomorrow 2.30

EARLY days, of course, but is the pressure starting to mount on Meath's first ever imported manager?

Poor results compounded by the injury fates have left Seamus McEnaney in a mid-spring pickle, and Meath's already fading promotion hopes will mutate into a relegation struggle if they slip up once more against Donegal.

Given such win-or-bust circumstances, you'd normally expect Meath to emerge with all guns blazing -- especially playing in front of their own. After all, their failure to escape Division Two in recent years stems predominantly from a dire record on the road.

But this is a tricky fixture for the Royals made all the more so by the injury-enforced absence of full-back Kevin Reilly, All Star nominee Graham Reilly and fellow attacker Cian Ward, who otherwise would have been pushing for a starting recall.

Banty's teething problems are reflected in his latest selection, showing five changes in personnel and several more positional alterations from the team that surrendered an early five-point cushion when losing in Antrim.

Now he goes with a different full-back, centre-back, midfield pairing and centre-forward.

Donegal currently lie second despite drawing two of their three games, so a third one cannot be discounted.

While logic suggests Meath should finally come good, our hunch is telling us otherwise.

ODDS: Meath 8/13, Draw 7/1, Donegal 17/10

VERDICT: Donegal


Omagh, Tonight 7.30, Live Setanta Ireland

A traumatic spring off the pitch for Tyrone, and a tough one on it too.

Still, the Ulster champions may have turned a corner with their deserved two-goal victory at Sligo and it's hard to imagine them slipping up at home to their struggling provincial rivals, who will do very well to avoid an immediate return to Division Three.

ODDS: Tyrone 1/3, Draw 15/2, Antrim 3/1



Markievicz Park, Tomorrow 2.30

Will the real Derry please stand up? Just when you thought the great enigmas of Gaelic football had developed a trustworthy streak under new boss John Brennan, the previously high-flying Oak Leafers were humbled to the tune of 14 points, on their home patch, by Laois.

Now they're away to a Sligo side in desperate need of points to escape rock-bottom ... heaven knows what will happen but, with quivering cursor, we'll stick with the enigmas.

ODDS: Sligo 7/4, Draw 15/2, Derry 4/7