Monday 5 December 2016

No Macauley in Dublin line-up with sold-out Croker classic on the cards

Published 29/08/2015 | 02:30

Tomorrow’s game will be
the first Croke Park sell-out
of the GAA season and will
take attendances at this year’s
provincial and All-Ireland
championships to almost 1.2
million.
Tomorrow’s game will be the first Croke Park sell-out of the GAA season and will take attendances at this year’s provincial and All-Ireland championships to almost 1.2 million.

Dublin have named the same team that started against Fermanagh for tomorrow's All-Ireland semi-final.

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It should, however, be treated with caution since the policy under Jim Gavin's management has usually involved issuing a team on Friday night, only for changes to be announced just before the game.

In those circumstances, there will be scepticism as to whether Denis Bastick, who is named at midfield, starts, or whether Michael Darragh Macauley comes in.

The Ballyboden St Enda's man replaced Bastick at half-time in the quarter-final.

Kevin McManamon, Alan Brogan, Michael Fitzsimons, John Small and Cormac Costello also came on against Fermanagh.

Tomorrow's game will be the first Croke Park sell-out of the GAA season and will take attendances at this year's provincial and All-Ireland championships to almost 1.2 million.

Expectations are high that it will be the best game of the campaign to date as the two highest-scoring teams in the country battle for a place in the final against Kerry on September 20.

Unlike Kerry and Tyrone, who met in the first semi-final last Sunday, neither Dublin nor Mayo have had a really close call in their confident advance to the last four.

That's unusual and leaves the camps uncertain as to how they will react to what will undoubtedly be a major step up in class for both teams.

Galway ran Mayo to four points in the Connacht semi-final and before Mayo demolished Sligo by 26 points in the final . They then overcame Donegal by eight points in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

Dublin, who conceded no goals in three Leinster championship games, had an even easier run to the semi-final, beating Longford, Kildare, Westmeath and Fermanagh by an average of 17 points.

Tomorrow's tie throws in at 3.30 and will be shown live on RTE and Sky Sports.

It will be preceded by the All-Ireland minor semi-final between Kildare and Tipperary at 1.30.

Irish Independent

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