GAA: Carlow host Meath in Leinster Championship quarter-final at Dr Cullen Park
Last Updated: 15/06/14 3:30pm
Carlow manager Anthony Rainbow
Carlow will attempt to rewrite the history books when they welcome Meath to Dr Cullen Park for Sunday’s Leinster quarter-final.
Carlow v Meath
The Barrowsiders have never recorded a championship victory over Meath and they come into the game on the back of a dreadful National League campaign where they finished bottom of Division Four.
Carlow’s best result against the Royals was 1-12 to 1-12 draw in Tullamore two years ago but they were beaten by 15 points in the replay.
Manager Anthony Rainbow has had to deal with a large turnover of players, with only Daniel St Ledger, Brendan Kavanagh and Darragh Foley remaining from the side that drew with Meath in 2012.
St Ledger and Kavanagh are named in the half-back line while Foley partners Hugh Gahan in midfield.
Meath have also seen plenty of changes to their panel, although a number of them are due to injury.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
2012: Meath 2-21 Carlow 1-9
2012: Meath 1-12 Carlow 1-12
2008: Meath 1-25 Carlow 0-8
2006: Meath 1-17 Carlow 0-12
1996: Meath 0-24 Carlow 0-6
Conor Gillespie and Eammon Wallace are both sidelined with cruciate knee ligament injuries, while Bryan Menton and Eoghan Harrington are also ruled out of Sunday’s game.
However, Mick O’Dowd’s side are boosted by the return Brian Meade, who makes his first start since suffering a cruciate injury last year, while Caolan Young and Bryan McMahon make their championship debuts.
Captain Kevin Reilly has proven his fitness and starts at full-back, while Stephen Bray is selected at full-forward.
Carlow: P Coady; R Mahon, S Mernagh, BJ Molloy; G Power, D St Ledger, B Kavanagh; H Gahan, D Foley; M Meaney, C Moran, D Bambrick; P Broderick, S Kinsella, C Coughlan.
Meath: P O'Rourke; C Young, K Reilly, M Burke; P Harnan, D Keogan, D Carroll; B Meade, S O'Rourke; D Tobin, B McMahon, A Tormey; G Reilly, S Bray, M Newman.