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Fit-again James McCarthy starts as Dublin's only change in side to face Donegal

Eric Lowndes loses out to the Ballymun Kickhams man.
Aug 5th 2016, 9:31 PM 6,411 13

THREE-TIME ALL-IRELAND champion James McCarthy is back in the Dublin line-up for tomorrow’s Senior Football Championship quarter-final against Donegal in Croke Park.

The Ballymun Kickhams man missed the Leinster final win over Westmeath with a quad injury, but comes straight back into the half-back line at the expense of Eric Lowndes.

Aside from the number five jersey, it’s as you were in Jim Gavin’s ranks, with Cian O’Sullivan and John Small joining McCarthy in the half-back line. While Dean Rock and Bernard Brogan again flank Diarmuid Connolly in the full forwards.

Dublin (team to face Donegal, SFC quarter-final. Saturday, 18.00, Croke Park)

1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells – captain)

2. Philip McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams)
3. John Cooper (Na Fianna)
4. David Byrne (Naomh Olaf)

5. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)
6. Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes)
7. John Small (Ballymun Kickhams)

8. Brian Fenton (Raheny)
9. Michael Darragh MacAuley (Ballyboden St Enda’s)

10. Paul Flynn (Fingallians)
11. Kevin McManamon (St Jude’s)
12. Ciaran Kilkenny (Castleknock)

13. Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams)
14. Diarmuid Connolly (St Vincent’s)
15. Bernard Brogan (St. Oliver Plunkett’s-Eoghan Ruadh)

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