Wednesday 13 December 2017

Andrews and Burke among casualties as Gilroy trims Dublin panel

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

PADDY ANDREWS, Pat Burke and Alan Hubbard are the notable casualties after Dublin football boss Pat Gilroy took the knife to his panel ahead of the Leinster championship.

It is believed that Gilroy has dropped close to a dozen players.

Andrews came off the bench in all eight of Dublin's league matches this year, including their league final defeat by Cork, when he replaced another substitute, Darren Daly, in the late stages.

Hubbard, who did particularly well in pre-season, started their first three league games, but he has seen little action since. Like Andrews, he may have been a victim of his own versatility. He was played at wing-forward in some pre-season games but was at corner-back for all three of his league appearances.

Kilmacud's Burke also made most of his appearances this year off the bench, but he did start at centre-forward in the final group game against Galway. He also came off the bench in the league final.

Daly, who was also given two league starts at corner-back and came off the bench during the league final, is another who didn't make the cut. Like Hubbard, he was edged out by the availability of defenders like Philly McMahon, Paul Brogan and Nicky Devereux.


With the likes of Rory O'Carroll and Paul Griffin coming back into the running again this summer, the battle for places was always going to be tough.

The Dubs will play a challenge game at London Irish's rugby grounds in Sunbury tomorrow against local club Parnells as part of a flying cross-channel visit. They are expected to spend today with the McLaren Formula One team, thanks to their sponsorship arrangement with Vodafone.

They will continue their championship preparations with a challenge game, in aid of charity, against Monaghan at Parnell Park next Friday (7.0), followed by an away friendly against Louth on Sunday week.

Dublin's hurlers are playing All-Ireland champions Tipperary in a challenge match in Athy on Sunday (7.0).

Elsewhere, Cavan have included 10 of the U-21 side that recently contested the All-Ireland final in their senior championship squad.

Gearoid McKiernan, Alan O'Mara, Niall Murray, Michael Brady, Niall McDermott, Fergal Flanagan, Oisin Moynagh, Damien Barkey, Barry Reilly and Niall McKiernan have all been included in the Breffni's new-look panel that includes only 13 survivors from last year's Ulster SFC squad.

Injury has robbed Cavan of the services of regulars like Nicholas Walsh (back), Gerald Pierson (knee) and Martin Reilly (cruciate) for the summer.

Irish Independent

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