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Model men to have the edge

Just how little you could take from the final-round meeting between these two sides was underlined when the teams were announced yesterday as Glenn Ryan made five changes to his side and Jason Ryan changed nine personnel for the trip to Croke Park.

Sean McCormack's inclusion in the full-forward line is a welcome lift for Longford, but it's tempered by the loss of David Barden, with McCormack's younger brother Padraig taking his spot in the half-forward line.

For Wexford, Ciaran Lyng is the only forward retained from that two-point defeat at Pearse Park. That means a recall for Ben Brosnan and PJ Banville in attack. Colm Morris may drop deep to create space for one of the most exciting forward lines around.

If Longford can put the shackles on those key players, they have the men to do damage, but the open spaces and experience of Croke Park could see Wexford win a high-scoring affair.

Last meeting: Longford 2-12 Wexford 1-13 (NFL Div 3 2012).

Odds: Wexford 8/13, Longford 13/8, Draw 15/2.

Verdict: Wexford.

Longford -- D Sheridan; D Brady, B Gilleran, D Reilly; C Smyth, M Quinn, S Mulligan; B McElvaney, J Keegan; P McCormack, P Barden, N Mulligan; D McElligot, S McCormack, B Kavanagh.

Wexford -- A Masterson; R Tierney, G Molloy, N Murphy; B Malone, D Murphy, A Flynn; A Shore, D Waters; R Barry, C Lyng, B Brosnan; C Morris, E Bradley, PJ Banville.

Irish Independent