Friday 13 December 2019

Gavin set to throw Brogan back into the fray for Royals showdown

Kieran Hughes, Monaghan
Kieran Hughes, Monaghan

Gaelic Games Colm Keys

Bernard Brogan is poised to regain his place on the Dublin team for Sunday's Leinster final after sitting out the semi-final over Wexford with an injury.

Brogan "tweaked" his hamstring in the opening championship game against Laois on June 9 but quickly expressed confidence he would be ready for the Wexford game.

It was somewhat surprising he didn't feature among the 21 used that day, but three weeks later, Brogan is well placed to reclaim his place in a third consecutive Leinster final against Meath.

Eoghan O'Gara is also well positioned to return and with Cormac Costello pushing hard there could potentially be up to three changes in the Dublin attack, with Dean Rock, Eoghan O'Gara and even Paul Mannion all vulnerable.

After being used as a sub in the games against Wexford and Laois, Jack McCaffrey brings the number of potential changes in personnel that Dublin could make to four.

Meath are expected to include Michael Newman following his recovery from a hamstring injury, while Bryan McMahon can play again after a concussion he sustained against Kildare.

Meath have never lost three consecutive Leinster finals. They beat Dublin in 1999 after losing finals in the preceding two years and dethroned All-Ireland champions Dublin in the 1996 Leinster final.

Kieran Hughes has been named to start for Monaghan in Sunday's Ulster football final against Donegal, despite a knee injury concern. Dermot Malone (wrist)also gets the nod, while Paul Finlay and Stephen Gollogly start in the half-forward line.

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Elsewhere, Noel Connors returns in his usual corner-back spot for the Waterford hurlers for tomorrow's round 2 qualifier against Wexford in Nowlan Park.

Padraig Prendergast moves to midfield, Shane Sullivan goes into the half-forwards and Jake Dillon shifts to corner-forward, with Ryan Donnelly the player to lose out.

WATERFORD (SH v Wexford) – S O'Keeffe; S Fives, L Lawlor, N Connors; D Fives, K Moran, T de Burca; M Walsh, P Prendergast; S O'Sullivan, Pauric Mahony, A Gleeson; C Dunford, S Walsh, J Dillon.

Monaghan (SF v Donegal) – R Beggan; R Wylie, D Wylie, C Walshe; D Mone, V Corey, F Kelly; D Clerkin, D Hughes; P McKenna, S Gollogly, P Finlay; D Malone, K Hughes, C McManus.

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