Gavin makes wholesale changes for Dubs' trip to Down
Published 11/03/2016 | 23:02
JIM Gavin has made six changes to the team that started so sluggishly against Cork last Saturday for tonight’s trip to Newry to play Division 1 basement side, Down.
Stephen Cluxton returns to captain the side after Michael Savage was given a chance between the sticks last week while Mick Fitzsimons and John Small - both of whom came on at half-time against the Rebels - replace Cian O’Sullivan and Eric Lowndes.
Shane Carthy (inset) starts in place of Emmet Ó Conghaile while up front, Dean Rock comes back in and Kevin McManamon gets his first start of the League. Bernard Brogan and Paddy Andrews miss out.
DUBLIN (SF v Down): S Cluxton; P McMahon, J Cooper, D Byrne; J McCarthy, M Fitzsimons, J Small; B Fenton, S Carthy; P Flynn, D Connolly, C Kilkenny; C Costello, K McManamon, D Rock.