Monaghan Braced For Relegation Battle

It’s sink or swim for Westmeath and Monaghan, as respective teams aim to keep Championship status for 2020.

The eventualities are straight forward, the winners live to fight another day while the losers will be licking their wounds by playing Intermediate football next year.

Westmeath have already had a chance at staying up, but they tripped up to Cavan last week as the Breffni County booked Championship football for next year.

Westmeath manager Sean Finnegan has rung the changes in personnel for Sunday’s clash, Karen McDermott and Sarah Dolan enter the starting line up in place of Fiona Coyle and Grace Halligan.

Monaghan’s last match was in the group phase of the All-Ireland series, when they got stuffed by 25 points against current All-Ireland champions Dublin.

They have also made a big change by moving Noeleen McGuirk from the forwards line against the Dubs to starting in goals for this do or die clash, replacing Bridin Tierney.

Elsewhere the two other changes see Maeve Monaghan coming in for Shauna Coyle, while Casey Treanor loses out for fit-again captain Cora Courtney.

It is vital for Monaghan not to get relegated for the second time this year after dropping down to Division two in the National league, they certainly won’t want Championship relegation inflicted on them.

The same goes for Westmeath, who if relegated would be bad for Leinster football as only one football team will team will be left in the 2020 Leinster Championship.

Unless Meath are victorious in the All-Ireland Intermediate championship.

Westmeath: L McCormack, R Dillon, J Rogers, L Power, K Boyce-Jordan, K McDermott, N Feery, J Maher, M.A. Foley, S Dolan, A Jones, A Dolan, L Slevin, F Claffey, V Carr.

Monaghan: N McGuirk, M Monaghan, S Boyd, N Kerr, A McAnespie, H McSkane, B Tierney, A McCarey, E McAnespie, R Courtney, C Courtney, C McBride, E Woods, L Kerley, C McAnespie.