Monday 23 October 2017

Jim Gavin makes no changes for Royal appointment

Diarmuid Connolly
Diarmuid Connolly
Frank Roche

Frank Roche

JIM GAVIN is sticking with the same Dublin team for tomorrow evening's Leinster SFC date with the old Royal enemy in Croke Park (6.35).

That means no place up front for Paul Flynn, who is coming back from a hamstring injury, or Paddy Andrews, who has returned to club action with St Brigid's after his recent back complaint.

Flynn was pulled from the team to face Laois after tweaking his hamstring in the Nowlan Park warm-up. He expressed confidence last week that he'd fully fit for tomorrow's semi-final with Meath but, barring some 11th hour switch, the four-time All Star won't be starting.

While Dean Rock, Diarmuid Connolly and Ciarán Kilkenny all scored freely in Dublin's 11-point quarter-final cruise, both Bernard Brogan and Paul Mannion were held scoreless and substituted. The inside duo have been retained, however, while U21 ace Con O'Callaghan, Cormac Costello and Eoghan O'Gara must be satisfied with bench roles again after making cameo appearances against Laois.

The throw-in times for tomorrow's semi-final double-header, starting with Kildare versus Westmeath at 4.15, have been put back to avoid a clash with the Republic of Ireland's Euro '16 showdown with France. However, there are fears it could be the lowest attendance for a Dublin/Meath clash in many years.

DUBLIN (SFC v Meath): S Cluxton; P McMahon, J Cooper, D Byrne; J McCarthy, C O'Sullivan, J Small; B Fenton, MD Macauley; D Rock, K McManamon, C Kilkenny; P Mannion, D Connolly, B Brogan.

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