Saturday 21 October 2017

Dublin's 2017 O'Byrne Cup-winning team - Where are they now?

The Dublin squad before the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Final match between Louth and Dublin at the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda on January 29
The Dublin squad before the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Final match between Louth and Dublin at the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda on January 29
Frank Roche

Frank Roche

On January 29 in Drogheda, the image of Leinster football took another slap in the face when Dublin won the O’Byrne Cup despite being on holidays at the time.

In their absence, a squad of fringe players and prospects beat Louth by nine points in their back garden.

Afterwards, stand-in boss Paul Clarke stressed that some of the squad would see game time and even suggested a couple would make the leap into Jim Gavin’s senior squad.

The following week, Jason Whelan and Niall Scully started Dublin’s League opener in Breffni Park while Colm Basquel, Ciarán Reddin and Conor McHugh came off the bench.

Ciarán Reddin and Colm Basquel were the only other members of that O’Byrne Cup panel to play in this year’s failed attempt to win a fifth League title in-a-row.

Scully is the only one to start a Championship match in 2017, although McHugh came off the bench against Carlow. Evan Comerford, meanwhile, will provide cover for Stephen Cluxton on Sunday.

For the record, the Dublin team that won this year’s O’Byrne Cup was:

E Comerford; R McGowan, E O’Brien, J Smith; R Gaughan, C Reddin, C Mullally; J Whelan, R Hazley; N Scully, S Boland, N Walsh; C McHugh, S Cunningham, P Hudson.

Subs: E Ó Conghaile for Hazley, C Basquel for Boland, T Shiels for Mullally, G Sweeney for Walsh, K O’Gara for Cunningham, S Newcombe for Whelan, R O’Brien for McHugh.

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