Wicklow and Dublin name teams for Leinster showdown

Wicklow and Dublin have named their respective starting lineups for their quarter-final clash in the Leinster senior football championship on Sunday afternoon.

The Garden County will play against the reigning All-Ireland champions at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise after registering a shock win over Offaly earlier this month.

John Evans has made a couple of changes to the starting XV which emerged victorious last time out with Ross O’Brien and Eoin Murtagh coming in at full-back. Jamie Snell is unable to shake off a hamstring injury but has recovered enough to make the Wicklow bench.

Elsewhere, Darren Hayden moves to the wing in a swap with Kevin Murphy, while Seanie Furlong goes to the edge of the square with John McGrath at top of the right.

Meanwhile, Jim Gavin has named an experienced Dublin team for the game on Sunday.


Eleven of the team that started last year’s All-Ireland football final win against Mayo will line out at O’Moore Park — with just wing-forward Brian Howard being the only player making his first Championship start.

Eric Lowndes, former Footballer of the Year Michael-Darragh McAuley, and Niall Scully are the other changes from last year’s All-Ireland final.

Con O’Callaghan returns to the Dublin team for the first time since September after focusing on Cuala’s successful bid to win back-to-back All-Ireland club titles.

Throw-in at O’Moore Park is at 4pm on Sunday afternoon. Tickets for the stand are sold out but terrace tickets are available for purchase at the ground.

Wicklow: Mark Jackson; Ciaran Hyland, Ross O’Brien, Eoin Murtagh; John Crowe, Dean Healy, Saoirse Kearon; Rory Finn, James Stafford; Darren Hayden, Kevin Murphy, Theo Smyth; Mark Kenny, Seanie Furlong (captain), John McGrath.

Dublin: Stephen Cluxton; Michael Fitzsimons, Philly McMahon, Eric Lowndes; James McCarthy, Jonny Cooper, John Small; Michael D. McAuley, Brian Fenton; Niall Scully, Ciarán Kilkenny, Brian Howard; Paul Mannion, Dean Rock, Con O’Callaghan.

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