Dublin tonight named their team for tomorrow night’s NFL Division One Round 2 match against our lads at MacHale Park (throw-in 7pm). It’s an extremely experienced side, laden down with players who have plenty of Championship experience and loads of All-Ireland medals in their pockets.
The team they’ve picked is, to all intents and purposes, a full-on Championship one. Here it is:
Dublin (NFL Division One v Mayo, 1/2/2020): Evan Comerford (Ballymun Kickhams); Eric Lowndes (St Peregrines), David Byrne (Naomh Olaf), Rory O’Carroll (Kilmacud Crokes); James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams), John Small (Ballymun Kickhams), Eoin Murchan (Na Fianna); Brian Fenton (Raheny), Brian Howard (Raheny); Niall Scully (Templeogue Synge Street), Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes), Ciaran Kilkenny (Castleknock); Kevin McManamon (St Jude’s), Paddy Andrews (St Brigid’s), Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams).
The above team shows two changes from the one that started against Kerry last Saturday night. In come Rory O’Carroll – the former All-Star making his first League start since 2015 – and Paul Mannion, while out go Philly McMahon and Conor McHugh.
Given that pick, there’s no question but that Dublin will field tomorrow night with a vastly more experienced and battle-hardened team than we will. This will make our lads’ job of trying to end our long-running dismal spring record against Dublin all the tougher. Were we to do it, it would, to be honest, rank as a fairly monumental achievement.