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Speedster Wallace makes his Royal return


Eamon Wallace, Meath

Eamon Wallace, Meath


Eamon Wallace, Meath

Former sprint champion Eamon Wallace is set for his first senior start for Meath in more than a year after being named in the Royal County side to face Roscommon on Sunday.

Wallace damaged his cruciate last year but has returned to action in recent weeks, kicking three points on Wednesday night as the Meath U-21s crashed out of the Leinster championship at the hands of Kildare.

The Ratoath man has been handed the No 13 jersey alongside Mickey Newman and Stephen Bray in a potent looking full-forward line. Wallace replaces the injured Andy Tormey in the only change to the side that drew with Laois last time out.

A Meath spokesman confirmed yesterday that Tormey won't see action in the remainder of the league, with a hamstring injury expected to keep him out of action for a month.

Bryan Menton and Adam Flanagan continue in centrefield, with Donal Keogan captaining the side from centre-back. Moynalvey clubmates Padraic Harnan and Mark O'Sullivan start in the half-forward line alongside Graham Reilly.

Talented midfielder Harry Rooney also faces a spell on the sidelines after a back complaint limited his involvement with the U-21s this week.

However, former captain Kevin Reilly and Shane O'Rourke are edging their way towards full fitness after struggling with long term injuries.

Reilly has been battling a hip problem since late last year that saw him miss Navan O'Mahonys' county final win over Donaghmore Ashbourne, while O'Rourke has featured in league matches for his club Simonstown in recent weeks.

Midfielder Conor Gillespie is also closing in on a return.

Sunday's clash could have a huge bearing for both sides in their push for promotion. They are tied in second place on five points with Cavan, over whom they have a game in hand.

Down lead Division 2 on eight points.

Galway face Laois in another game that fell foul of the weather some weeks ago while in Division 4, Leitrim take on London in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Meath (SF v Roscommon) - P O'Rourke; D Tobin, C McGill, M Burke; N Judge, D Keogan, B Power; B Menton, A Flanagan; G Reilly, P Harnan, M O'Sullivan; E Wallace, S Bray, M Newman.

Irish Independent