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Saturday 16 December 2017

Dublin go with All-Ireland heroes in bid to get defence off to perfect start

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

All 15 of Dublin's starting team for Sunday's Leinster quarter-final clash with Louth at Croke Park played in last year's All-Ireland final, with three who came on as subs retaining their places.

One of the changes from the All-Ireland final starting 15 is enforced as injury rules out right full-back, Cian O'Sullivan. He is replaced by Philip McMahon, who came on as a sub for James McCarthy in last year's final.

Eamon Fennell, who replaced Denis Bastick against Kerry, continues at midfield alongside Michael Darragh Macauley.

In attack, Kevin McManamon, whose late goal reignited Dublin's challenge, gets in ahead of Barry Cahill in a rearranged formation.

Alan Brogan takes over from Cahill at centre-forward with Diarmuid Connolly switching to right corner-forward and McManamon lining up at full-forward.

Bernard Brogan returns at No 15 after missing the league.

Apart from O'Sullivan, Davy Byrne and Paul Brogan were the others who were unavailable through injury.

The team is along expected lines as Bastick and Cahill missed all except Dublin's last game in the league. Fennell did well at midfield throughout the campaign as did McManamon.

Elsewhere, Leitrim joint-managers Barney Breen and George Dugdale have handed championship debuts to Paddy McGowan and Fabian McMorrow for Sunday's tricky Connacht SFC clash with London in Ruislip.

The classy Emlyn Mulligan leads the attack from centre-forward, while Wayne McKeon lines out at wing-back. The Exiles have named Eoin O'Neill in the No 11 shirt, despite an injury scare.

On the hurling front, Liam Dunne has named four championship debutants in his Wexford side for Saturday's Leinster SHC clash with Offaly.

Willie Devereux, Stephen Murphy, Shaun Murphy and Jack Guiney all start their first game for the Model men in the Tullamore showdown.

Dunne also reinstates Diarmuid 'Gizzy' Lyng to the side after he missed the 2011 campaign as he was travelling.

London (SFC v Leitrim) -- E Byrne; P Sherry, S McVeigh, D McGreevy; T Gaughan, S Mulligan, S Hannon; L Mulvey, M Gottsche; S Kelly, K O'Leary, M Mullins; P McGoldrick, E O'Neill, L Colfer.

Leitrim -- C McCrann; J Glancy, C Egan, P Maguire; C Clarke, F McMorrow, W McKeon; D Sweeney, D Lowe; P McGowan, E Mulligan, P Brennan; R Cox, J Glancy, A Croal

Dublin (sf v Laois) -- S Cluxton, P McMahon, R O'Carroll, M Fitzsimons; J McCarthy, G Brennan, K Nolan; E Fennell, MD Macauley; B Cullen, A Brogan, P Flynn; D Connolly, K McManamon, B Brogan.

Longford (SF v Wexford) -- D Sheridan; D Brady, B Gilleran, D Reilly; C Smith, M Quinn, S Mulligan; B McElvanney, J Keegan; D Barden, P Barden, N Mulligan; D McElligott, B Kavanagh, S McCormack.

Wexford (SH v Offaly) -- E Martin; W Dervereux, K Rossiter, S Murphy; D Redmond, M O'Hanlon, C Kenny; S Murphy, D Lyng; G Sinnott, E Quigley, PJ Nolan; R Jacob, J Guiney, P Morris.

Laois (SH v Dublin) -- E Reilly; C Coonan, D Maher, G Burke; C Dunne, M Whelan, M McEvoy; J Walsh, S Hanlon; S Maher, B Dunne, W Hyland; T Fitzgerald, N Foyle, D O'Mahoney.

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