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Dolan and Sharry out for showdown with Galway

Story by Paul Hughes

Wednesday, 27th February, 2013 12:00pm

Dolan and Sharry out for showdown with Galway

Paul Sharry (right) is out of Sunday's league game against Galway through injury

Westmeath senior football manager Pat Flanagan has named his starting XV for Sunday's Allianz NFL Division 2A match against Galway in Tuam (2pm).

As expected, a niggling hamstring problem keeps Garrycastle's Dessie Dolan out of the frame, with Mullingar Shamrocks star Ciaran Curley starting at full forward in his stead.

Dolan picked up the injury representing Leinster in the recent M Donnelly Interprovincial football competition.

Garrycastle's Doron Harte returns to the half-back line after serving a suspension, but teak tough centre-half Paul Sharry (St Loman's, Mullingar) has been ruled out through injury.

The senior team has made a promising start to Division 2, beating Louth and Longford in the opening fixtures.

Flanagan feels his team can gain another brace of points against Galway, who lost to Louth last weekend after beating Derry in the opening fixture.

"We're in a far better position than this stage last year, that's for sure, but I think we need to take stock of where we are at present and not allow ourselves to become complacent ahead of the Galway game," Flanagan said.

"Okay, Galway lost last weekend but Louth produced some very good football in the game and going to Galway is never an easy task.

"Our spirits are up and there's a little bit of confidence in the camp. If we produce a similar performance to the one against Louth in the opening round, I think we can get a good result in Tuam."

Westmeath team to face Galway:

Gary Connaughton (Tubberclair); Mark McCallon (Garrycastle), Kieran Gavin (capt., Mullingar Shamrocks), Kevin Maguire (Caulry); Micheal Curley (Mullingar Shamrocks), Doron Harte (Garrycastle), James Dolan (Garrycastle); Denis Corroon (Mullingar Shamrocks), John Heslin (St Loman's, Mullingar); Ger Egan (Tyrrellspass), Callum McCormack (Maryland), Kieran Martin (Maryland); Ronan Foley (Coralstown/Kinnegad), Ciaran Curley (Mullingar Shamrocks), Denis Glennon (Tyrrellspass).

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