Monday 23 September 2019

Meath handed Harnan fitness boost ahead of Leinster final clash with Dublin

Pádraic Harnan of Meath is tackled by Eoghan Ruth, left, and Daniel St Ledger of Carlow during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Carlow and Meath at OMoore Park in Portlaoise, Laois. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Pádraic Harnan of Meath is tackled by Eoghan Ruth, left, and Daniel St Ledger of Carlow during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Carlow and Meath at OMoore Park in Portlaoise, Laois. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Conor McKeon

PADRAIC Harnan is expected to be fit for Meath’s Leinster SFC final with Dublin in Croke Park on Sunday week.

Harnan, who was Man of the Match against Carlow in the Royals quarter-final victory over Carlow, missed Meath’s victory over Laois last Sunday in Croke Park with a groin injury.

Speaking at a pre-Leinster final press event in Meath’s Centre of Excellence in Dunganny, manager Andy McEntee revealed that Harnan "is making good progress" in his recovery.

McEntee added: "We certainly plan to have everybody to pick from. He trained well last night so hopefully he’ll come through the weekend and after that, hopefully he’ll be putting his hand up."

Of Dublin, on whom Meath will attempt to inflict a first Leinster Championship defeat since 2010, McEntee stressed: "We know as much about them as we care to know about them.

"But the standard is going to be higher.

"We didn’t shoot the lights out ourselves (against Laois). I think everybody knows it’s going to have to be an awful lot better (on Sunday week) if we’re going to compete."

McEntee, who managed Ballyboden St. Enda’s to an All-Ireland club football title in 2016, observed that Dublin are going for a ninth provincial title in a row due to their "strength and depth".

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"Their levels of preparation, their level of physicality, the pace of their game, their ball skills," he added.

"They’re attempting to do something that no other county team has ever done. So that tells you where you’re at.

"They’re better than anything we’ve seen in the recent past."

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