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County teammates Macauley and Brogan face-off in the standout Dublin SFC opener this week

The games will go ahead despite the upcoming All-Ireland U21 football final.

FRESH FROM THEIR recent defeat to Kerry in the Division 1 league final, the Dublin footballers will return to action with their clubs this weekend.

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The Dublin county board have confirmed this week’s SFC games will go ahead as planned, despite the upcoming All-Ireland U21 football final on 29 April.

Dublin take on Galway in the U21 decider and Dessie Farrell’s side face a fragmented build-up to the game as the vast majority of the squad will be on club duty this weekend.

Reigning champions St Vincent’s beging their title defence against Round Towers on Saturday evening, while 2016 All-Ireland champions Ballyboden St Enda’s play St. Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh in the game of the round on the opening night.

That game will be part of a double-header at Parnell Park on Thursday night, with St. Jude’s v Naomh Mearnog acting as the curtain-raiser.

Michael Darragh Macauley and Conal Keaney will go into battle against the Brogan brothers, Bernard and Alan, and with former Kerry star Paul Galvin.

Galvin completed his transfer to the Plunketts over the winter and looks set to make his senior championship debut against Ballyboden.

The competition has a straight knockout format, with the losers of the Round 1 games going into the Senior ‘B’ Football Championship.

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