With less than 24 hours left ’till throw-in at MacHale Park, Jim Gavin has finally named his starting fifteen for tomorrow night’s match with our lads. Here it is:
Dublin (NFL Division One v Mayo 14/3/2015): Stephen Cluxton (Parnells); Eoin Culligan (Kilmacud Crokes), Rory O’Carroll (Kilmacud Crokes), Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna); Philip McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams), Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes), Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf); Denis Bastick (Templeogue Synge Street), Emmet Ó Conghaile (Lucan Sarsfields); Tomas Brady (Na Fianna), Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams), Ciaran Kilkenny (Castleknock); Kevin McManamon (St Judes), Paddy Andrews (St Brigid’s), Bernard Brogan (St Olver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruaidh).
The team named above is, essentially, the same one that lined out against Tyrone last Saturday night, the sole change being Cian O’Sullivan coming in at centre-back, with Philly McMahon shifting over to the wing. Nicky Devereux drops out.
Whether or not that how they’ll actually line out is another day’s work, as teams named in advance of matches by Jim Gavin are rarely the same as the side that takes the pitch when the ball is thrown in. All will, I guess, be revealed tomorrow evening at MacHale Park.