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Longford hurlers to play in Meagher Cup

LONGFORD hurlers have vowed that they will enter the Lory Meagher Cup this summer, despite their failure to field a team for last weekend's Allianz League Division 3B fixture against Fermanagh.

The future of the game in the midland county was placed in peril after just 12 players were available for the aborted Brewster Park clash, but Longford have reaffirmed that they will play championship hurling following an emergency meeting of team management and players last night.

Longford have to assemble a squad from a tiny pool comprising just two senior clubs -- Wolfe Tones and Clonguish. In the wake of last night's meeting, county board secretary Peter O'Reilly admitted that while it isn't impossible to keep going, it is "a struggle", adding: "We have to be cognisant that we need more than two clubs."

CIARAN McKEEVER has been officially cleared to play for Armagh in their crucial NFL Division One clash with Donegal in Ballybofey this Sunday.

Armagh have been informed by the Central Hearings Committee that the investigation into incidents during their recent league match against Laois is now closed -- with no charge being laid against McKeever (pictured left), whose red card for an alleged kicking offence in the tunnel at half-time was rescinded by the CHC and sent back to the CCCC for further investigation.

KILDARE must plan without vice-captain Eamonn Callaghan (groin) for this Sunday's NFL Division Two promotion decider away to Galway, while midfielder Daryl Flynn remains a big doubt with a similar ailment. Management are hopeful that skipper Johnny Doyle and Tomás O'Connor will be fit to feature.

MICHAEL MEEHAN could return from a career-threatening ankle injury to hand Galway a huge championship boost this summer.

"We'd be hopeful he'd be available to play some part -- how big a part we don't know yet," said manager Alan Mulholland.