Sunday 8 December 2019

Paul Flynn back in the fold for Dubs' joust with Monaghan

Paul Flynn in last year's NFL semi-final with Monaghan (SPORTSFILE)
Paul Flynn in last year's NFL semi-final with Monaghan (SPORTSFILE)

Stephen Bennett

Paul Flynn is set for his first appearance of 2016 when Dublin host Monaghan in tonight’s table-topping Allianz Football League clash at Croke Park (7.0).

The four-time All Star (pictured) has been named at wing-forward, having missed Dublin’s four O’Byrne Cup and two NFL outings so far this year.

He had taken an extended break to clear up a long-running groin problem. Now he returns as one of three changes from the team that edged out Mayo.

Flynn replaces Ciarán Kilkenny; Cormac Costello comes in for Paul Mannion (who suffered a quad injury for UCD last weekend); and Cian O’Sullivan returns at centre-back, indirectly replacing Jonny Cooper.

Meanwhile, the SFC status quo remains after Central Council’s unpopular ‘B’ championship proposal was withdrawn while motions from Roscommon and Carlow were defeated at Congress last night.

DUBLIN (SF v Monaghan): S Cluxton; P McMahon, M Fitzsimons, D Byrne (St Olaf’s); J McCarthy, C O’Sullivan, J Small; D Bastick, E Ó Conghaile; P Flynn, D Connolly, T Brady; D Rock, P Andrews, C Costello.

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