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Ó Flatharta keeps the faith for Westmeath

Updated: Friday, 06 Jun 2008 11:37

Martin Flanagan starts in midfield once more
Martin Flanagan starts in midfield once more

Westmeath manager Tomás Ó Flatharta has kept faith with the team that defeated Longford in the first round for Saturday’s Leinster SFC quarter-final against Offaly.

Martin Flanagan and Donal O’Donoghue continue their midfield partnership, leaving rising star David Duffy, still recovering from an ankle injury, on the bench.

Captain Dessie Dolan will line out at left corner forward, meaning there is no place for NFL Division 2 final man-of-the-match Dermot Bannon, who missed the Longford game because of a stomach bug.

Westmeath v Offaly in the Leinster SFC, Tullamore, Saturday, 6.30pm:

WESTMEATH: G Connaughton, F Boyle, K Gavin, J Keane; M Ennis, D Heavin, D Healy, M Flanagan, D O’Donoghue; F Wilson, J Smyth, D Harte; A Mangan, D Glennon, D Dolan. (captain).

OFFALY: P Kelly, G Rafferty, S Sullivan, J Keane; P McConway, S Brady, N Grennan; C McManus, A McNamee, B Darby, K Slattery, N Smith, T Deehan, P Kelleghan, N McNamee.