Sunday 23 September 2018

Dublin turn to young goalkeeper Evan Comerford as Stephen Cluxton forced out of Leinster final with injury

Stephen Cluxton
Stephen Cluxton

Dublin will start the Leinster final against Laois without Stephen Cluxton after the goalkeeper failed to recover from injury.

The Dublin captain was forced off during the Leinster semi-final win against Longford after being tackled in the air by James McGivney, who was shown a red card for the dangerous challenge.

In the run-up to today's game against Laois, Dublin manager Jim Gavin expressed hope that his influential shot-stopper would be fit for the provincial showpiece, but defender Jonny Cooper will instead captain the team in his absence.

It is a big day for young goalkeeper Evan Comerford, who previously deputised for Cluxton during the National League and the O'Byrne Cup. The Ballymun Kickhams goalkeeper will make his first ever championship start at Croke Park this afternoon.

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