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Kernan welcomes a Galway great

Galway manager Joe Kernan will rubber-stamp the return of one of the greatest forwards in the modern game to Championship football tomorrow.

Michael Meehan has been missing from the Tribesmen’s line-up for three months because of an ankle injury but the skipper will be given game time in the Connacht Football Championship semi-final against Sligo in Salthill.

Galway were given a fright in the closing stages of their early round win over New York and Kernan is now seeking total concentration from the outset against an experienced, skilful Sligo side. In Mark Brehony and David Kelly they have quality forwards, Eamon O’Hara is still a key cog and Charlie Harrison helps to underpin the defence.

Kernan is anxious to land the provincial trophy in this his first season in charge but acknowledges that Sligo are a very much improved side.

Roscommon are already through to the Connacht final having defeated Leitrim who are managed by Mickey Moran and John Morrison in the first semi-final. Leitrim now go into the draw for the second round of the Qualifiers which will be made on Monday morning live on TV 3.

Already in the Qualifiers are Down, Cork and Waterford and they will be joined by the losers of this weekend’s games between Dublin and Meath, Louth and Westmeath, Monaghan and Fermanagh and Galway-Sligo.

The winners of this weekend’s first round qualifying games will form one side of the draw with the beaten provincial semi-finalists forming the other side of the draw.

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