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O'Callaghan to captain Dublin

DUBLIN'S minor hurling team for tomorrow's Leinster MHC clash against Wexford in Parnell Park (2.0) contains several 'veterans' of last year's campaign which ended in an All-Ireland MHC final defeat to Galway.

Seán McClelland and captain Cian O'Callaghan are both selected for the current provincial holders in the full-back line while centre-forward of last year, dual ace Conor McHugh (Na Fianna), will partner championship newcomer Seán Treacy (Cuala) at midfield.

Up front Paul Winters will line out up left half-forward having played predominantly in the corner last year while Oisín O'Rorke and Cormac Costello will figure in their third consecutive campaign.

DUBLIN (MH v Wexford): Cian Mac Gabhann (Kilmacud Crokes); Ross Tierney (Cuala), Cian O'Callaghan (Cuala), Seán McClelland (Lucan Sarsfields); Tom Devlin (St Jude's), Robert Murphy (Kilmacud Crokes), Eoghan O'Donnell (Whitehall Colmcille); Conor McHugh (Na Fianna), Seán Treacy (Cuala); Cian Boland (St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh), Kevin Flynn (St Sylvester's), Paul Winters (St Brigid's); Oisín O'Rorke (Kilmacud Crokes), James Roche (Ballyboden St Enda's), Cormac Costello (Whitehall Colmcille)..

Brigid's impress

ST BRIGID'S moved into second spot in the Dublin AFL1 table following a comfortable nine-point victory (1-19 to 2-7) over an understrength Ballyboden St Enda's at Russell Park last night.

The county champions dominated with John O'Loughlin impressing from centrefield while defensively Graham Norton, Alan Daly and centre-back Conor Moran were usual their reliable selves.

Boden remained in the hunt through the efforts of 'keeper Collie Leane, Graham Heavey and James O'Hara while a Ryan Basquel goal gave them a glimmer of hope entering the second half.

However, a David O'Connor goal and ten points shared by Odhran McCann, Mark Cahill and Lorcan McCarthy gave Brigid's a strong cushion with a late Michael Darragh Macauley goal of little consolation to St Enda's.

ó hAilpín to debut

SETANTA ó hAILPíN will make his long-awaited debut for his new club Greater Western Sydney against his old club Carlton on Sunday at Etihad stadium in Melbourne, writes Catherine Murphy.

The former Cork hurler has been recovering from a calf injury and comes into the side following impressive performances for the club's feeder side the UWS Giants.

The 29-year-old played 80 games for the Blues before they delisted him at the end of last season. His debut for the AFL's newest franchise sets up an interesting on-field meeting with his and former team mate Laois' Zach Tuohy.

Elsewhere, Tommy Walsh's frustrations must be growing at the Sydney Swans. Having just missed out on a senior spot and being named on the emergency list two weeks running, he has failed to make the squad for this weekend's game.


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