Dublin named their team early this morning for our refixed NFL clash at McHale Park tomorrow night (throw-in 7pm). In doing so, Pat Gilroy fairly blew out of the water my theory that they might be a bit indifferent about how they get on in Castlebar, as he’s named a very strong starting fifteen. Indeed, I was told by someone close enough to the Dublin set-up the other evening that they’ve now got their sights firmly set on adding a league title to the All-Ireland they won in such dramatic fashion last September. We’ve been warned, in other words.
Here’s the Dublin team for McHale Park:
Dublin (NFL Division One v Mayo, 31/3/2012): Stephen Cluxton (Parnells); Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes), Rory O’Carroll (Kilmacud Crokes), Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams); James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams), Ger Brennan (St Vincent’s), Kevin Nolan (Kilmacud Crokes); Michael Darragh MacAuley (Ballyboden St Enda’s), Ross McConnell (St Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh); Paul Brogan (St Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh), Barry Cahill (St Brigid’s), Bryan Cullen (Skerries Harps, captain); Tomas Quinn (St Vincent’s), Diarmuid Connolly (St Vincent’s), Kevin McManamon (St Jude’s).
The above team shows three changes from the one that eventually steamrolled Donegal in Croke Park last weekend. James McCarthy (who, you’ll recall, got a straight red in the fogbound half-match back in February) comes in for promising youngster Johnny Cooper at wing-back, Ross McConnell plays instead of Eamonn Fennell at midfield while Barry Cahill lines out for the first time this year, where he replaces Paul Flynn in the half-forwards.
There are also just three changes compared to the Dublin team that started against us back in February, with Cian O’Sullivan, Kevin Nolan and Barry Cahill coming in instead of Darren Daly, Craig Dias and the injured Eoghan O’Gara.