Monday 5 December 2016

Dublin name strong team to play Kerry in League opener

Published 29/01/2016 | 21:36

'There’s been talk of a team that can dominate football for the next ten years. For me, this doesn’t ring true'
'There’s been talk of a team that can dominate football for the next ten years. For me, this doesn’t ring true'

DUBLIN have selected nine of their All-Ireland final heroes for tomorrow night's Croke Park rematch with Kerry.

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While some way off optimum strength, the Dubs still carry a formidable look for this Division One opener - with not a single NFL debutant named.

There's a welcome return to Sky Blue duty for Paul Mannion, who didn't feature at all last season after heading to China as part of his UCD studies.

Other notable inclusions are Mick Fitzsimons in the full-back role vacated by the New Zealand-bound Rory O'Carroll - although David Byrne of St Olaf's, listed at No 4, is another option for square patrol.

In the absence of Brian Fenton and Michael Darragh Macauley, Cian O'Sullivan relocates from centre-back (where John Small is named) to midfield.

O'Sullivan apart, the others who started against Kerry last September are skipper Stephen Cluxton, Jonny Cooper, James McCarthy, Denis Bastick, Diarmuid Connolly, Ciarán Kilkenny, Paddy Andrews and Dean Rock.

DUBLIN (SF v  Kerry): S Cluxton; J Cooper, M Fitzsimons, David Byrne; J McCarthy, J Small, Davy Byrne; C O'Sullivan, D Bastick; T Brady, D Connolly, C Kilkenny; P Andrews, D Rock, P Mannion.

Mayo (SF v Cork): R Hennelly; B Harrison, G Cafferkey, S McHale; L Keegan, C Crowe, S Nally; T Parsons, J Gibbons; K McLoughlin, A O’Shea, D O’Connor; E Regan, D Vaughan, J Doherty.

Derry (v  Fermanagh): T Mallon; K McKaigue, C McKaigue, C Mullan; N Forester, G McKinless, C Faul; E Bradley, C McAtamney; C Kearns, J Kielt, B Heron; D Heavron, C O’Boyle, R Bell.

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