Thursday 8 December 2016

Macauley and McManamon get early chance to stake claim

Published 03/06/2016 | 02:30

Michael Darragh McAuley of Dublin. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Michael Darragh McAuley of Dublin. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Michael Darragh Macauley and Kevin McManamon have been handed early opportunities to establish places on Dublin's 2016 team after being included for tomorrow's Leinster quarter-final against Laois in Nowlan Park.

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Macauley and McManamon both failed to nail down permanent places for the business end of last year's championship but come into the team for Denis Bastick and Paul Mannion - the only two changes from the league final win over Kerry in April. Davy Byrne will fill the void in the full-back line left by Rory O'Carroll's departure while John Small will continue at half-back in place of Jack McCaffrey.

Laois have recalled Colm Begley who missed the win over Wicklow three weeks ago. Begley comes into defence with John O'Loughlin pushing into attack where Ross Munnelly loses out.

Irish Independent

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