NEW Meath boss Mick O’Dowd got his reign off to a winning start with a victory over Cavan in the semifinal of the Fitzsimons Cup in Kells on Saturday. Offaly won the other semi when they beat Louth in Emmet McDonnell’s first match as boss . . .
ROSCOMMON boss John Evans could recall veteran attacker Frankie Dolan after his starring role for St. Brigid’s in the Leinster club championship . . .
KILDARE forward Alan Smith has been told his injured knee will not require surgery after scans revealed no damage to his cruciate ligament . . .
CROSSMAGLEN star Jamie Clarke has decided not to travel next year and will be available for selection by new Armagh boss Paul Grimley . . .
TYRONE legend Brian McGuigan is one of several All-Ireland winners left off the county squad for 2013 by boss Mickey Harte.