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Dubs' U-21s look to senior core as they put title on line against Cats

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Kilkenny Under-21 manager Eddie Brennan. Photo: Sportsfile

Kilkenny Under-21 manager Eddie Brennan. Photo: Sportsfile

Kilkenny Under-21 manager Eddie Brennan. Photo: Sportsfile

Dublin's U-21 hurling team will tonight bid to give the game in the capital a timely pick-me-up when they open the defence of their Bord Gáis Energy Leinster U-21HC title against Kilkenny at Nowlan Park (7.30).

The Dubs' starting 15 features six players who were in O'Connor Park for last Sunday's Leinster SHC quarter-final loss to Galway.

Shane Barrett, Eoghan Conroy and Donal Burke all started against the Tribesmen, while Riain McBride, Fergal Whitely and Jake Malone were all introduced off the bench.

Kilkenny manager Eddie Brennan has selected eight players who featured in Brian Cody's senior squad during the league campaign.

Centre-back Jason Cleere and full-forward Liam Blanchfield both lined out in Kilkenny's defeat to Wexford in the NHL quarter-final, while Alan Murphy was the sub goalkeeper and half-forward Pat Lyng was a non-playing sub.

Conor Delaney, Sean Morrissey, Darren Brennan and Richie Leahy were all part of the senior squad for during the league.

Offaly look to Ben Conneely, Pádraic Guinan and Oisín Kelly - who started in last Saturday's senior win over Westmeath - for their clash with Laois.

That trio along with Eoghan Cahill, David O'Toole-Greene and Ronan Hughes all started against Dublin in last year's Leinster U-21 final.

The other two ties see Kildare host Carlow in Newbridge, while Laois travel to Mullingar to take on Westmeath.


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