Sunday 18 August 2019

Stick or twist - Jim Gavin facing big selection dilemma between his proven All Star and emerging star

Dean Rock (left) and Cormac Costello (right) are competing for a starting place in the Dublin team.
Dean Rock (left) and Cormac Costello (right) are competing for a starting place in the Dublin team.

Conor McKeon

JIM Gavin faces a selection dilemma in attack ahead of Saturday’s Super 8 clash with Roscommon in Croke Park (7.0).

The Dublin manager must decide whether to grant a first start of this summer to Dean Rock.

The Ballymun Kichams player made his first appearance of the Championship as a second-half substitute in the Leinster final against Meath, scoring 0-4 (0-1f) and setting up a goal for Con O’Callaghan.

Against Cork last Saturday, Rock scored 0-5, including three frees and a ’45 from four placed-ball kicks.

On both occasions, the man Rock replaced was Cormac Costello, who missed a free and a ’45 in the first half last week but was arguably Dublin’s best player in the League and the first two rounds of the Leinster SFC.

Costello kicked 1-12 (0-10f, 1 ’45) against Louth in Portlaoise in Dublin’s provincial opener and 0-9 (2f, 2 ’45) in their semi-final victory over Kildare.

Otherwise, there are expected to be no major changes to the team that beat Cork.

It is unlikely that Diarmuid Connolly will be parachuted straight back into the match day squad, with just a week’s worth of training completed with the panel.

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Similarly, James McCarthy and Jonny Cooper are again set for bench roles after both came on as second-half substitutes in Dublin’s 13-point victory over the Rebels last Saturday.

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