Tuesday 12 December 2017

Jim Gavin names strong 15 for Dublin's league opener against Cavan

Ciaran Kilkenny starts against Cavan
Ciaran Kilkenny starts against Cavan

The big hitters are back for Dublin for tomorrow's league clash against Cavan at Kingspan Breffni Park.

Jack McCaffrey - back in the fold after his recent sabbatical - does not make the starting 15 with Eric Lowndes getting the nod at left-half forward.

In the forward line, there is no Diarmuid Connolly, Bernard Brogan or Paul Flynn. Ciaran Kilkenny, Kevin McManamon and Paul Mannion occupy the half forward positions with Dean Rock, Eoghan O'Gara and Cormac Costello in the full forward line.

New Cavan football manager Mattie McGleenan has handed Allianz Football League debuts to three members of his squad as Cavan make their long-awaited return to Division 1.

While Gerard Smith featured in last year's championship, the Lavey clubman will be making his first league start at wing-forward. Castlerahan's Fergal Reilly and Niall Clerkin of Shercock will also be making their NFL bows, at corner-back and corner-forward respectively.

CAVAN (NFL v Dublin): J Farrelly; F Reilly, P Faulkner, K Brady; M Reilly, C Moynagh, J McCutcheon; K Clarke, R Dunne; C Brady, D McVeety, G Smith; N Clerkin, N McDermott, S Johnston.

DUBLIN (NFL v Cavan): S Cluxton, M Fitzsimons, P McMahon, D Byrne, J McCarthy, J Small, E Lowndes, B Fenton, MD Macauley, C Kilkenny, K McManamon, P Mannion, D Rock, E O'Gara, C Costello.

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