Monday 23 October 2017

Connolly, Macauley back to lift Dubs for derby clash

Michael Darragh Macauley
Michael Darragh Macauley
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

DIARMUID Connolly and Michael Darragh Macauley return to Dublin's starting line-up for tomorrow's big NFL Division 1 top-of-the-table clash with Kildare in Croke Park.

Full-forward Connolly was expected back from injury last week but was replaced before throw-in by underage star Ciaran Kilkenny. The young Castleknock man will start again but this time at centre-forward, in place of the injured Tomas Brady.

But Connolly's return and the form of Bernard Brogan and Paddy Andrews gives the Dubs a lethal-looking strikeforce against their big Leinster rivals.

Macauley returns from suspension to resume his leading role in midfield – that sees Cian O'Sullivan return to his defensive roots, at centre-back in place of the suspended Ger Brennan.

Shane Supple (above) starts in goals in place of regular goalkeeper and team captain Stephen Cluxton. Dublin did not name a stand-in skipper last night.

Irish Independent

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