Friday 22 September 2017

Jack McCaffrey starts at wing-forward as Jim Gavin radically overhauls Dublin team to play Monaghan

Jack McCaffrey of Dublin during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Dublin and Carlow at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise, in Co. Laois. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Jack McCaffrey of Dublin during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Dublin and Carlow at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise, in Co. Laois. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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2015 All Stars Footballer of the Year Jack McCaffrey is set to start in Dublin's half-forward line for Saturday's All-Ireland quarter-final with Monaghan.

As part of a radical overhaul from the Dublin side that defeated Kildare by nine points in last month's Leinster Senior Football Championship final, McCaffrey moves to wing-forward in place of Con O'Callaghan who moves to centre-half-forward.

Paul Mannion moves from the centre of Dublin's half-forward line to corner-forward, while Paddy Andrews shifts from corner-forward to full-forward.

Jonny Cooper returns to the starting side at right-half-back while Cian O'Sullivan occupies his regular position at full-back, with Niall Scully dropping out of the matchday XV.

As can be seen below, it's a vastly different side to the team Gavin named for the Leinster final against Kildare last month.

DUBLIN v Monaghan [In brackets are the starters Dublin named to play Kildare]

1 Stephen Cluxton (Parnell’s) [Stephen Cluxton]

2 Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams) [Darren Daly]

3 Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes) [Michael Fitzsimons]

4 Mick Fitzsimons (Cuala) [Eric Lowndes]

5 Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna) [James McCarthy]

6 John Small (Ballymun Kickhams) [Cian O’Sullivan]

7 Eric Lowndes (St Peregrine’s) [Jack McCaffrey ]

8 Brian Fenton (Raheny) [Brian Fenton]

9 James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams) [Ciarán Kilkenny ]

10 Ciarán Kilkenny (Castleknock) [Niall Scully]

11 Con O’Callaghan (Cuala) [Paul Mannion]

12 Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf) [Con O’Callaghan]

13 Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes) [Paddy Andrews]

14 Paddy Andrews (St Brigid’s) [Eoghan O’Gara ]

15 Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams) [Dean Rock ]

* Note - Philly McMahon and John Small were late changes for Darren Daly and Eoghan O’Gara prior to throw-in against Kildare

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