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Dublin: 8 °C Saturday 8 August, 2020

No Costello but Dublin have 7 from All-Ireland winning team for Leinster opener

Dublin travel to O’Moore Park tomorrow night to face Laois.

Cormac Costello won't start due to injury tomorrow night for Dublin.
Cormac Costello won't start due to injury tomorrow night for Dublin.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

THERE’S NO CORMAC Costello in the Dublin team for tomorrow’s Eirgrid Leinster U21FC opener against Laois but they can still call on seven players who started in last year’s All-Ireland final win over Roscommon.

Costello picked up an injury in action for the Dublin senior side in Killarney last Sunday and is named on the bench. In his absence Dublin will look to Conor McMcHugh, an U21 star last year, to lead the way and he is partnered in the full-forward line by Killian O’Gara, brother of Dublin senior Eoghan, and Colm Basquel.

There’s several defensive survivors in goalkeeper Lorcan Molloy, full-back David Byrne, corner-back Ross McGowan, wing-back Eric Lowndes and centre-back Conor Mulally.

In attack wing-forward Niall Scully and full-forward Conor McHugh both started in that victory last Mayo as well. Manager Dessie Farrell’s strong side sees them also call on midfielder Shane Carthy, who started last Sunday against Dublin for the senior side, while his midfield partner Stephen Cunningham came on in last year’s All-Ireland U21 final victory.

In all there are 12 players from the Dublin team that won the All-Ireland minor title in 2012 with Eoin Murchan, Michael Deegan and O’Gara the exceptions.

Dessie Farrell Dublin U21 football boss Dessie Farrell. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO


1. Lorcan Molloy (St Anne’s)

2. Emile Mullan (Na Fianna)
3. David Byrne (Naomh Olaf)
4. Ross McGowan (Kilmacud Crokes)

5. Eric Lowndes (St Peregrine’s)
6. Conor Mulally (Cuala)
7. Eoin Murchan (Na Fianna)

8. Stephen Cunningham (St Sylvester’s)
9. Shane Carthy (Naomh Mearnóg)

10. Robbie Gaughan (Ballinteer St John’s)
11. Michael Deegan (Donaghmore Ashbourne)
12. Niall Scully (Templeogue Synge St)

13. Killian O’Gara (Templeogue Synge St)
14. Conor McHugh (Na Fianna)
15. Colm Basquel (Ballyboden St Enda’s)

16. Karl Grimes (Naomh Fionnbarra)
17. Martin Cahilan (Cuala)
18. Shane Clayton (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
19. Jack Mullins (St Brigid’s)
20. Daithí O Cathmhaoil (Kilmacud Crokes)
21. Gavin Burke (St Vincent’s)
22. Aaron Byrne (Na Fianna)
23. Cormac Costello (Whitehall Colmcille)
24. Niall Walsh (St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh)
25. Tom Quinn (Castleknock)
26. Tom Hanifin (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
27. Aengus Farrell (Na Fianna)
28. Eoin Fletcher (Naomh Maur)
29. Shane Cunningham (Kilmacud Crokes)
30. Glenn O’Reilly (Na Fianna)

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