Sunday 25 March 2018

Patrick Reilly the only debutant in Louth team to face Westmeath

Louth manager Aidan O'Rourke
Louth manager Aidan O'Rourke
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

LOUTH manager Aidan O’Rourke will hand a championship debut to Patrick Reilly in the Wee County’s Leinster SFC opener against Westmeath on Saturday night.

The half-forward is the only newcomer to the side that includes captain Paddy Keenan at midfield and Shane Lennon at full forward.

However, there is no place in the starting side for rising star Ryan Burns. The Hunterstown man has already featured for the county minor and U21 sides this year and was recently called up to the senior panel.

However, he has been named on the bench as they look to avenge their 2012 Qualifier defeat to the midlanders. 

Louth (Leinster SFC v Westmeath): N Gallagher; P Rath, D Finnegan, G O'Hare; J O'Brien, D Crilly, A Reid; P Keenan, M Fanning; P Reilly, B White, A McDonnell; D Byrne, S Lennon, D Maguire

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