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Double boost for McGleenan as Cavan bid for redemption

 

By John Campbell

Cavan manager Mattie McGleenan has cause for relief now that skipper Killian Clarke and utility player Dara McVeety are included in his side for tomorrow night's All-Ireland qualifier against Offaly at O'Connor Park, Tullamore (6.30pm)

Both players have been on the injured list and with full-back Rory Dunne a non-starter once again, McGleenan had been keeping his fingers crossed that he would not lose any more personnel.

His side hope to make progress through the qualifiers following their Ulster Championship loss to Monaghan, a match from which McGleenan nonetheless elicited encouragement.

"I thought we showed a lot of character and spirit and it was only in the closing stages that Monaghan sealed their win, but now we must move on," states McGleenan.

Jason McLoughlin has earned a starting berth while McVeety is pencilled in at centre-half-forward while Liam Buchanan and Gearoid McKiernan will again form the midfield.

Meanwhile, Westmeath will enter the lion's den tomorrow when they confront Dublin in the Leinster semi-final at Croke Park.

The Dubs went through the formality of accounting for Carlow (0-19 to 0-12) and while Westmeath could potentially stretch them, Jim Gavin's side look to hold all the aces.

John Heslin, Kieran Martin, Paul Sharry and John Egan are among the Westmeath players who can help to keep the Dubs on their guard, though.

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