Friday 23 February 2018

GAA team news: Three debutants for Cavan, Cooper out for Dubs and McEntee rings changes for Meath

Jonny Cooper of Dublin is tackled by Aidan O'Shea of Mayo
Jonny Cooper of Dublin is tackled by Aidan O'Shea of Mayo
Frank Roche

Frank Roche

NEW Cavan football manager Mattie McGleenan has revealed the line-up that, he hopes, can ambush All-Ireland champions Dublin in Kingspan Breffni Park this Sunday.

The former Tyrone forward has handed Allianz Football League debuts to three members of his squad as Cavan make their long-awaited return to Division 1.

While Gerard Smith featured in last year's championship, the Lavey clubman will be making his first league start at wing-forward. Castlerahan's Fergal Reilly and Niall Clerkin of Shercock will also be making their NFL bows, at corner-back and corner-forward respectively.

Jim Gavin has yet to unveil his starting 15 as the Dubs prepare to launch their quest for an incredible fifth consecutive Division 1 title.

However, it has been confirmed that All Star defender Jonny Cooper must sit out the trip to Cavan because of a cumulative ban arising from two black cards against Mayo last year (in the All-Ireland final replay and an earlier league clash) and a double-yellow dismissal against Cork (in March).

Elsewhere, Meath boss Andy McEntee has unveiled his first league team - to face Kildare on Sunday - with just six survivors from Mick O'Dowd's last selection, a losing qualifier against Derry last July.

Cian O'Neill has kept faith with 13 of the Kildare team that started their faltering O'Byrne Cup semi-final against Dublin, with Mark Hyland and the injured Fionn Dowling replaced by Ollie Lyons and Tommy Moolick.

CAVAN (NFL v Dublin): J Farrelly; F Reilly, P Faulkner, K Brady; M Reilly, C Moynagh, J McCutcheon; K Clarke, R Dunne; C Brady, D McVeety, G Smith; N Clerkin, N McDermott, S Johnston.

MEATH (NFL v Kildare): J Hannigan; D Keogan, C McGill, M Burke; B Power, S McEntee, A Forde; C O'Brien, B Menton; C O'Sullivan, G Reilly, P Kennelly; E Wallace, B Sheridan, D Lenihan.

KILDARE (NFL): M Donnellan; M O'Grady, D Hyland, O Lyons; J Byrne, E Doyle, K Cribbin; K Feely, T Moolick; F Conway, N Kelly, P Cribbin; N Flynn, D Flynn, B McCormack.

MONAGHAN (NFL v Mayo): R Beggan; F Kelly, D Wylie, R Wylie; C Walsh, N McAdam, K Duffy; D Hughes, K Hughes; K O'Connell, S Carey, G Doogan; C McCarthy, T Kerr, C McManus.

TYRONE (NFL v Roscommon): M O’Neill; P Hampsey, R McNamee, C McCarron; T McCann, M Donnelly, J Monroe; C Cavanagh, P McNulty; C Meyler, N Sludden, P Harte; D McCurry, C McShane, R O’Neill.

ROSCOMMON (NFL): C Lavin; D Murray, T Featherston, N McInerney; R Stack, S Mullooly, C Devaney; K Higgins, T O’Rourke; N Daly, S McDermott, E Smith; D Smith, U Harney, C Murtagh.

GALWAY (NFL v Cork): R Lavelle; D Kyne, D Walsh, L Burke; G O’Donnell, G Bradshaw, J Heaney; P Conroy, F Ó Curraoin; T Flynn, D Comer, E Brannigan; D Cummins, B McHugh, S Armstrong.

LAOIS (NFL v Louth): G Brody; A Farrell, D Booth, J Kelly; S Attride, E Buggie, C Begley; K Meaney, D Strong; D Luttrell, A Doran, N Donoher; E Lowry, D Kingston, D Conway.

ARMAGH (NFL v Sligo): M McNeice; M Shields, C Vernon, A McKay; A Forker, N Rowland, C Higgins; S Sheridan, B Crealey; A Duffy, C White, S Campbell; O O’Neill, E Rafferty, O Mac Íomhair.

DERRY (NFL v Clare): T Mallon; N Keenan, C Nevin, R Murphy; N Forester, M McEvoy, M Craig; C McAtamney, J Kielt; E Lynn, N Loughlin, C McWilliams; M Lynch, E McGuckin, B Heron.

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