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We’ve power to beat Dubs: McEnaney

By John Campbell

Louth manager Eamonn McEnaney is confident that his Louth team can rattle the Dubs in their own back yard tomorrow.

No stranger to success at Croke Park having played in the Monaghan side that clinched the National League title there in the mid-80's, McEnaney is looking forward to engaging Paul Caffrey's team tomorrow.

"We're going into the game with confidence. The lads are in a great frame of mind at the moment and have been improving slowly but surely," insists McEnaney.

"Some of our young players are really starting to come on and I know our supporters will get behind them.

"We're under no illusions that it'll take 19 or 20 players on the day, but I think we're in a position now where we have more mobility, pace and power to do it."

Louth will certainly need these attributes against a Dublin side that is garnished with experience through Jason Sherlock, Bryan Cullen, Shane Ryan, Conal Keaney and Alan Brogan while Ross McConnell and Stephen O'Shaughnessy can help to shore up the Dubs' defence. Long-serving Sherlock in particular has shown a sharp scoring edge this year and could cause problems for the Louth rearguard which is without Colin Goss and Peter McGinnity.

"We know that Dublin have danger men in their side and we will have to combat them. We have flattered to deceive a little in the Championship in recent years and we feel that we can maybe make a breakthrough this year," adds McEnaney.

Mark Stanfield, Paddy Keenan and Aaron Hoey are among his more seasoned troops for a match that will mark Dublin's start to their bid to make it four Leinster titles on the trot.

Meanwhile, Westmeath manager Tomas O Flahearta is hopeful that his team's scoring prowess will prove their passport into the Leinster semi-final when they meet Offaly in Tullamore tonight (6.30pm).

"I believe we have some good scoring forwards but we will need to function as a team overall. I have the utmost respect for Offaly, though. People will say they are only a Division Four side but they have shown themselves to be a very capable outfit," says O'Flahearta.

Denis Glennon, Fergal Wilson and Dessie Dolan are the big guns in the Westmeath attack while Mark Ennis and John Keane underpinning their defence. Offaly are still relying heavily on veteran Ciaran McManus although some of their young guns are keen to make a big impact.

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