Introducing the Junior B panel

Adam Gargan – Came off the bench in the opening round victory over Navan O’Mahonys but is now a key player in the back line. Now operating at corner back Adam will be looking to continue the fine form he has shown in the knock out games so far.

Aled Ingman – Stepped up from the Junior D side this year and has looked very comfortable at the higher level. Played a few League games with the Seniors earlier in the season and is proving to be a very reliable option in the middle of the field. Well able to take a score any time he ventures forward.

Andrew Collins – The Keegan Cup winning full back in 2007 and 2009 Andy made his return in the final round game against Gaeil Colmcille in Castletown. Brings added class and composure to the full back line.

Brendan Lynch – The Flying Dutchman. Equally adept either in the half forward or full forward lines Brendan has been one of the go to men for scores in this year’s Championship. A livewire pacey forward he has shown a keen eye for goal and will pose the St. Vincent’s rear-guard problems.

Ciaran Macken – One of the veterans of the panel Ciaran was the Keegan Cup winning captain in 2009. Flown home from Australia for the 2007 County Final replay Ciaran is a tenacious, hardworking forward who is one of the best passers or a ball in the county. The man who set the tempo for the Senior side for many years.

Colin Gleeson – As sticky a defender as there is in the club, Colin is another with Keegan Cup winning experience. Able to play either in the corner or on the wing he will be eager to leave his mark on the final.

Daire Geraghty – In his first year out of the minor ranks Daire picked up an injury in the quarter final win over St. Patrick’s which forced him to miss the semi-final. Fully fit now, one of the main marksmen for the 2014 Minors will be looking to make a big impact if given the opportunity.

Damien McDonnell – A typical corner back who is never gives a corner forward a moment’s peace. The type of player who rarely tries a flashy piece of play but always does the basic aspects of the game right.

Darragh Keogh – Another who has stepped up from the Junior D’s this year Darragh is in his first year out of the Minor ranks. Probably put in his best performance of 2014 in the Minor Championship Final so clearly has the aptitude for performing on the bigger occasions. Will be looking to put in a similar performance in this final.

David Gordon – Has ended up between the posts for the Minors and Junior D’s as the year wore on, last year’s U-21 goalie played outfield earlier in the year but will be the back-up net minder on Saturday. Possesses a safe pair of hands and an excellent kickout he’s fond of doing a Shane Curran impression when on the ball too.

Eoin Finnegan – The star of the show in the Junior D Final, Eoin is the youngest member of this panel and is still eligible for the Minor’s next year. Unlikely to start but will likely make a huge impact if sprung from the bench. If given the opportunity to score he’s guaranteed to make the umpire wave either the green or white flag.

Hugh Maguire – Probably hasn’t gotten as much game time as he would have liked this season Hugh will be raring to get a chance in the final. Quite possibly the most accurate shooter in the club off both left and right he would be the right man in the right place if a last minute opportunity arises to win the game. Could he be the hero come Saturday?

James Conlon – Having missed the start of the Championship he returned for the Round 4 game against Dunderry. Normally a finisher, he has been playing more as a hard working forward creating opportunities for other so far since returning. Played in last year’s final when he hit a point he is one of the leaders of the forward line and could well be a match winner.

James Meade – Played in the early rounds of the Championship before embarking on a sojourn to America for the Summer. James is now firmly back and is a huge boost to the panel. A Senior player for the last few year’s he is very reliable from both dead balls and from play. Has been known to turn on the style in a Championship Final in Páirc Tailteann in the past and few would be surprised to see a star turn from him in this one either.

Joe Cowley – One of the younger Senior captains in the club’s history, Joe was handed the leadership role when still 21. A dual Keegan Cup winner he will provide a huge amount of experience at the heart of the Seneschalstown defence. Known for his tough tackling, he’ll make it hard for any attackers to come through the centre. His leadership qualities will be vital in the final.

Jonathan Gilsenan – The hero of the semi-final when he fired over 9 points in an inspirational performance. Jonny has all the attributes needed to steal the show in any game he plays. Top scorer for the team this year he possesses an eye for goal and will take some watching from the opposition defence.

Kevin Casey – Wing back on the team as they went to the Final last year Kevin has found it difficult to get into the side this year. Can play anywhere from right half back to left half forward he offers the team management a very versatile option. Likely to be one of the first players introduced to the game if he hasn’t forced his way into the starting fifteen.

Neil Darby – One of the quickest players on the panel Neil is the type of player the typical defender hates to mark. Most likely to be deployed as a half forward Neil will be looking to get on the scoresheet if he gets the chance.

Niall Hickey – A Meath Minor panellist this year Niall came off the bench to great effect in the Junior D Final as he helped quieten the Curraha forward line. A truly versatile player he showed this to great effect in the Junior B semi-final when coming on at wing forward. Faces a busy end to the year with the Minor and U-21 Championships still to be completed but Niall will be looking to start his Autumn off with a star turn on Saturday.

Niall McCabe – A very stylish wing back Niall has been part of a very effective half back line with Colin Gleeson and Joe Cowley so far this year. Performs his defensive duties excellently, he’s a brilliant reader of the play and is adept at breaking up opposition attacks. Hadn’t troubled the scoreboard all year before showing his attacking prowess in the semi-final when he ventured forward to loft over two fine points.

Paul McDonnell – Has had his season badly interrupted by a shoulder injury but made it back in time for the Junior D Final where he came on to telling effect, setting up his sides crucial third goal. Now with a month’s training under his belt since that game he’ll be pushing hard to get a place on the team. Possesses the ability to point from distance and this could be vital in a tight game.

Peter Tierney – Operates at corner back, Peter is in his first year out of the Minor ranks. Has found it tough breaking onto the team this year but will be looking to do well should he get the chance to impress on Saturday.

Rob Darby – Usually seen operating in the forward line but can also be an option at wing back. Another who has a fine turn of speed he will look to put his direct opponent on the back foot as he uses his pace. A clinical finisher he’ll relish the wide open spaces of Páirc Tailteann.

Ronan Conneely – The archetypal Mr. Versatile Ronan has featured at both corner back and corner forward over the course of the season. The type of player who is invaluable in any panel and who has some Senior experience after featurning in League games early in the season. Rarely racks up big tally’s himself but tends to work the ball to the sharpshooters.

Ross Howard – Not the type of player to take his point when there’s the possibility of a goal Ross possesses a real nose for raising the green flag. Anyone who was at the B League game against Kells early in the year will remember his goals that day as two of the best they’ll witness all year. Lost his place for the quarter final and semi-final but will be a key player in the final.

Ruairí Keogh – Still eligible for the Minor ranks Ruairí generally operates at corner back. Ruairí already has experience of playing in a final in Páirc Tailteann this year when he lined out against Summerhill in the Summer League decider. This experience will be crucial if called upon against St. Vincent’s.

Sean McCabe – As good a corner back as there is in the club. Sean put in a starring performance in the U-21 decider against Walterstown a couple of years ago. Comfortable in possession and tenacious in the tackle he will be one of the key performers in this year’s final. Another with Senior Championship experience from 2014.

Shane Clarke – Another of the veterans in the side Shane is also another who has won two Senior Championships. Captain of the side which lost out to Wolfe Tones in the 2014 Final his free taking and playmaking from the forty will be crucial.

Shane Corbally – The man between the posts for the team. Shane has proven to be a very reliable shot stopper over the course of the season as he stepped up after being the Junior D goalie for the past number of years. Accurate with the kickout and solid under the high ball he’ll be hoping to have a quiet afternoon.

Stephen Finnegan – One of the hallmarks of the 2009 Keegan Cup success was Stephen’s ability to clip points over the bar from distance and this ability will be crucial once more on Saturday. Operates in the half forward line but could be seen in the middle of the field for spells of the game he offers a vital ball winning ability. One of the leaders of the pack and having been involved with the Minors in 2014 a vital link in integrating the younger players onto the panel.

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