Meath and Sligo reveal selections for 2019 Lidl National League Division 3 Final

2019 LIDL NFL Division 3 Final – SATURDAY


Meath v Sligo; St Tiernach’s Park, Clones, 4pm (E Moran, Kerry) – LIVE TG4


Saturday’s Lidl National League Division 3 Final pits Meath against Sligo, with Meath looking to go one step further after losing out to Wexford in the 2018 decider.

The Royals were a powerful force throughout the group stages, finishing on top of the table with 18 points.

That pitted them against Leinster rivals Longford in the semi-finals, and Meath won out to book their place in the League Final.

Opponents Sligo have made steady progress too, winning five of their seven games to book a semi-final place against Connacht rivals Roscommon.

The Rossies won the 2018 TG4 Connacht Intermediate Final meeting between the sides but there was revenge for Sligo on this occasion, as they advanced to a first Division 3 final since 2015.

They were winners against Waterford on that occasion, and will hope for a similar result against Meath.

But Eamonn Murray’s Meath are determined to get their hands on national silverware, after missing out twice last year.

There was that aforementioned loss to Wexford, while they also finished as runners-up in the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate decider against Tyrone.

Meath did beat Sligo in the group stages but the Yeats County, who lost their opening two games, have reeled off six successive wins since and are in a rich vein of form.

These are two counties who are expected to feature heavily in the race for 2019 TG4 All-Ireland intermediate glory – and this clash could provide some vital clues ahead of the summer’s Championship race.

This promises to be a tie to savour between two sides who are capable of running up big totals.

Meath are the highest scorers in Division 3 to date, and have an excellent defence to supplement that attacking threat, but Sligo are capable of troubling any team and will present formidable opposition.

With the respective provincial Championships around the corner, this is a chance to build some serious momentum, and achieve promotion to Division 2 in the process.

Meath have named Katie Newe in their starting team ahead of Orlaith Duff, while Sligo are unchanged from their semi-final.

Meath team: 

1 Monica McGuirk Duleek/Bellewstown
2 Katie Newe Ratoath
3 Sarah Powderly Navan O’Mahonys
4 Shauna Ennis Na Fianna
5 Sarah Wall Dunboyne
6 Aoibhín Cleary Donaghmore/Ashbourne
7 Niamh Gallogly Royal Gaels
8 Máire O’Shaughnessy (capt.) Donaghmore/Ashbourne
9 Orlagh Lally Clann na nGael
10 Vikki Wall Dunboyne
11 Emma Duggan Dunboyne
12 Megan Thynne Dunsany
13 Emma White St Patricks
14 Kelsey Nesbitt Simonstown
15 Stacey Grimes Seneschalstown

Sligo team: 

1 Noelle Gormley St. Nathys
2 Aoife Morrisroe Shamrock Gaels
3 Michelle Mc Namara Drumcliffe/Rosses Point
4 Jacqui Mulligan (capt.) St. Farnans
5 Nicola Brennan Tourlestrane
6 Bernice Byrne Geevagh
7 Ann Marie Coleman St. Nathys
8 Ruth Goodwin Coolera/Strandhill
9 Laura Ann Laffey Coolera/Strandhill
10 Lauren Boles St. Michaels
11 Ciara Gorman St. Nathys
12 Sinéad Naughton Eoghan Rua
13 Katie Walsh Tourlestrane
14 Emma Kevany St. Patricks
15 Lisa Casey Eastern Harps

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