Thursday 17 October 2019

Jim's big call - Gavin facing major Dublin selection decision for Tyrone clash in Omagh

Jim Gavin. Photo: Sportsfile
Jim Gavin. Photo: Sportsfile

Conor McKeon

JIM Gavin faces a major decision about whether to keep faith with the team that beat Donegal in Croke Park last Saturday or shuffle his deck as he prepares to bring his team to Omagh.

The Dublin boss expressed his disappointment over their wastefulness against Donegal, when they converted just 11 of 25 scoring chances.

Gavin admitted the display gave him "something to reflect upon", adding that it wouldn’t "be good enough" against Mickey Harte’s in-form Tyrone.

Cormac Costello, Kevin McManamon and Paul Flynn all made significant contributions to the Dublin attack from the bench, although Gavin may well opt to reserve their talents for the second half of what is expected to be a tight game.

Paddy Andrews played no part against Donegal, despite Gavin afterwards declaring the St Brigid’s man to be fit, and he could now form part of an altered attacking alignment.

The Dublin manager must also decide whether to start John Small, who served a one-match suspension against Donegal, while Philly McMahon is also back in contention.

Small has yet to start a Championship match for Dublin this summer, although he performed an effective man-marking job on Tyrone danger-man Peter Harte, both in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final and in this year’s League match at Healy Park.

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