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Andy set to tinker for final.

Byline: PAUL KEANE

MEATH manager Andy McEntee has admitted he may hold key players back for Sunday's Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup final with the start of the league in mind.

The Royals will play Westmeath in the final of the pre-season tournament in Portlaoise - seven days before they begin their Division 2 campaign in Roscommon.

That's a huge tie in Meath's overall campaign as Connacht champions Roscommon and Cork are the two favourites to be promoted to Division 1. McEntee's squad are aiming for a second O'Byrne Cup final win in three seasons after edging out Longford in a novel free kicks competition to make the decider.

He used all but two of his 26-man panel in that extratime epic and has admitted he's considering swapping things around again.

McEntee said: "It's just another game really, everybody has to be mindful that there's another important game the following week.

"We'll have to sit down and think about that. We've got a big panel and a lot of guys didn't get football against Longford so between that and next Sunday, everybody will get action."

Asked if that means ns ns wrapping his big guns in cotton wool for the Roscommon game, McEntee shrugged.

He continued: "I don't know is the answer. There's a few fellas coming back from injury and a few that are on holidays so we've got to wait and see where everyone is midweek, see what the casualty list is like."

Simonstown Gaels duo Shane Gallagher and Padraig McKeever could be included after recovering from injuries.

Fringe performers Seamus Lavin, Luke Moran, Thomas O'Reilly, Dan O'Neill and Mark McCabe are in the frame for game time too.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jan 17, 2018
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