Colin Kelly has named an unchanged Louth team to face Meath at Parnell Park on Sunday – meaning the same XV that saw off the challenge of Wicklow 11 days ago will be tasked with doing the same to their old rivals at the Dublin venue.
Ardee St Marys’ John Bingham, Westerns’ Tommy Durnin and Hunterstown Rovers’ Ryan Burns have all retained their places in their half back, midfield and full foward roles repectively.
Subs Declan Byrne and Jim McEneaney played pivotal roles off the bench against Wicklow and will have to make do with providing similar impacts again on Sunday. Kevin Carr and Darren Marks who made Championship debuts against Wicklow retain their places. Andy McDonnell was reported to be in with a chance of playing in midfield – but he hasn’t made it.
Sunday’s appearance is a landmark of sorts for Bingham who makes his 10th Championship outing for Louth since debuting in 2013, while Durnin – a man whom many believe is Louth’s standout performer in 2017 – makes his fifth.
Burns’ will take the field for his 11th Championship appearance for Louth. In that time, he has notched 2-31. The Hunterstown Rovers man enjoyed a stellar league campaign in 2017 as Louth gained promotion from Division 3. He notched 3-22 in total as the Wee County finished second in the league table but lost out to Tipperary in the Croke Park showpiece.
The 21-year-old scored 0-04 as Louth exited the Leinster Championship at the last eight stage at the hands of Meath in 2016, in a game that Bingham and Mattock Rangers’ Adrian Reid came off the bench.
Louth GAA: Craig Lynch (Naomh Mairtin), Padraig Rath (Dreadnots), Patrick Reilly (St Brides), Kevin Carr (Newtown Blues), Conal McKeever (Clan na Gael), John Bingham (Ardee St Marys), Darren Marks (Cooley Kickhams), Tommy Durnin (Westerns), James Stewart (Dundalk Gaels), Anthony Williams (Dreadnots), Pauric Smith (Dreadnots), Bevan Duffy (St Fechins), Ruairi Moore (O’Raghallaighs), Eoin O’Connor (St Patrick’s), Ryan Burns (Hunterstown Rovers).