Five seniors in Andrews’ U-20 selection

Meath manager James Andrews has named a strong panel for Saturday’s U-20 B HC encounter against Antrim in St Loman’s Park, Trim. Throw in is at 2pm.

The selection includes five members of Seoirse Bulfin’s Senior group – the Shine brothers, Tom and Daire, Jack Fagan, Joey Cole and Paddy Barnwell.

Now, I may be alone in the following view, but, to me, it’s grossly unfair to ask lads to go out and play a championship match in their age grade 24 hours before they partake in a National League Final. Not to mention that the forthcoming is predominantly a football weekend, with a plethora of finals taking place in GAA HQ.

Joey Cole about to grab another puc out and head for goal

Some will no doubt scoff at the following but, to my mind, there is absolutely no way (a) such a fixture conundrum would be allowed to manifest itself in football or (b) in a scenario involving one of the prominent hurling counties.

And don’t get me started on all the League Finals in hurling not being in Croker!

Meath (U-20 HC vs. Antrim)

Jack Fagan (Dunderry); Jamie Duffy (Dunderry), Kris Gorman (Kilmessan, Capt.) Will Lanigan (Ratoath); Darragh Horan (Kilmessan), Daire Shine (Kilskyre), Oisin Bright (Na Fianna); Joey Cole (Trim), Darragh Heffernan (Trim); Rory Fagan (Na Fianna), Lorcan Byrne (Kilmessan), Paddy Barnwell (Kildalkey); George Douglas (Trim), Daire Shine (Kilskyre), Ryan Byas (Kildalkey)

SUBS – Max Lafford (Navan O’Mahonys), Eugene O’Reilly (Clann na nGael), Cian Colhoun (Kildalkey), Ben Morgan (Rathmolyon), Rhys Thomas (Donaghmore/Ashbourne), Noah Conroy (Kilmessan), Mark Horan (Kilmessan), Matthew Cully (Kildalkey), Charlie McCormack (Kiltale)

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