Monday 23 October 2017

Dublin v Meath Parnell Park, 3.30, MJ O'Keeffe. *Live TG4

The great rivalry between these two counties gives extra edge to this decider, where both teams will be looking to add a Division 2 winner's medal to a league campaign that has already ended in promotion to the top flight for 2012.

The current All-Ireland champions, Dublin, have a full panel to choose from and will be favourites having beaten a strong, physical Cavan side by nine points in the semi-finals.

For Meath, Paula Cunningham and her selectors are without Louise McKeever, who is getting married and Ashley Leavy who was very unfortunate to break her hand in training two weeks ago.

However, they will be hoping to kick on from their battle with Kerry in the semi-final where the old adage 'goals win games' certainly rang true as they ran out 1-11 to 0-11 winners over the Kingdom.

Vivienne McCormack got the goal that day and will look to be the driving force in the Meath full-forward line again today.

Dublin will expect great performances from the in-form Lyndsey Davey, Noelle Healy and the young and promising Siobhán Woods.

The teams last met in the middle of March in a game where the Royals failed to get going and the Dublin girls ran out comfortable 10-point winners.

Meath will surely be looking to improve their performance from that day -- but Dublin will be looking to give their Championship defence real momentum with a good win on home turf.

Odds: Dublin 1/10, Meath 6/1, Draw 12/1.

Verdict: Dublin

DUBLIN -- C O'Connor (c); S Goldrick, J O'Sullivan, A McKenna; G Fay, S Furlong, S McGrath; D Masterson, N McEvoy; L Davey, E Kelly, N Healy; S Woods, O Leonard, A Ring.

MEATH -- I Munnelly; K Allen, E Rahill, A Murray; O Sheridan, S Bennett, B Lynch; K O'Brien, F Mahon; G Nulty (c), G Doherty, E Duffy; J Rispin, M Sheridan, V McCormack.

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