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Crokes weigh up options

Kilmacud Crokes players involved with Sigerson Cup teams and the Dublin U-21s could be pulled from those competitions over the next four weeks as the club prepares for a mammoth All-Ireland semi-final against Crossmaglen Rangers.

Two years ago, four players were pulled from the Dublin U-21 team to face Meath in the Leinster quarter-final, including captain Cian O'Sullivan.

And Mark Vaughan was among the Kilmacud players who didn't play for his college in the Sigerson Cup as Crokes battened down the hatches for their final with Crossmaglen on St Patrick's Day.

Now Craig Dias and substitutes Mark Coughlan and Eoin Culligan are facing the same dilemma as Crokes weigh up their options over the next month.

Crokes play Crossmaglen on Saturday, February 26, just three days after Dublin are due to meet Meath in a Leinster U-21 quarter-final.

They are already without long-term injured trio Darren Magee, Mark Davoren and Paul Griffin, though Griffin could be involved in the semi-final. Niall Corkery, now based in London, and Rory O'Carroll, continuing his studies in France, missed the Leinster club final win over Rhode at the weekend.

"We'll just deal with everything as it comes," said manager Paddy Carr. "I think the most important thing is respect for the club."

Irish Independent