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Dublin: 8 °C Saturday 25 January, 2020

James McCarthy the only change as Dublin prepare for Super 8s opener against Cork

The All-Ireland champions take on Ronan McCarthy’s Cork at Croke Park this evening.

Stephen Cluxton leads Dublin out before last month's Leinster final.
Stephen Cluxton leads Dublin out before last month's Leinster final.
Image: Ken Sutton/INPHO

JAMES MCCARTHY IS the one change from Dublin’s comprehensive Leinster final victory against Meath, as Jim Gavin’s men prepare for their Super 8s opener against Cork later this evening [throw-in 7pm].

The Ballymun Kickhams man limped off after half an hour against Meath three weeks ago with a knee injury. While the setback is not as serious as initially feared, McCarthy will not start today’s game in midfield.

Michael Darragh-MacAuley takes his place in the middle of the park alongside Brian Fenton, with the remainder of Gavin’s starting XV the same as last month’s 16-point Leinster final win against the Royals.

Jonny Cooper is still recovering from a foot injury, but could make an appearance off the bench. The 29-year-old defender has not featured for the All-Ireland champions in four months, last lining out against Tyrone on 16 March in the Allianz Football League. 

Dean Rock, who returned from a hamstring setback against Meath with four points off the bench in the second half, is not named in today’s starting line-up, with Ciarán Kilkenny, Paul Mannion and Con O’Callaghan all retaining their places.

Dublin team vs Cork:

1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells)

2. David Byrne (Naomh Olaf)
3. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)
4. Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams)

5. Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf)
6. Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes)
7. John Small (Ballymun Kickhams)

8. Brian Fenton (Raheny)
9. Michael Darragh-MacAuley (Ballyboden St Endas)

10. Niall Scully (Templeogue Synge Street)
11. Cormac Costello (Whitehall Colmcille)
12. Brian Howard (Raheny)

13. Ciarán Kilkenny (Castleknock)
14. Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes)
15. Con O’Callaghan (Cuala)

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