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No Room For Rory O’Carroll In Dublin Team For Leinster Opener

Dublin manager Jim Gavin has named the returning Rory O’Carroll among the substitutes for their Leinster Senior Championship opener against Louth this evening.

Gavin has stuck with 11 members of the team that started last year’s All Ireland final including Paul Mannion, Ciaran Kilkenny and Footballer of the Year, Brian Fenton.

Cormac Costello and Michael Fitzsimons, who came off the bench during the win over Tyrone, have also been named.

Darren Gavin is set to make his championship debut in midfield where he will partner Costello.

The two counties have not met since the Leinster SFC quarter-final in Croke Park in 2012 which Dublin won on a scoreline of 2-22 to 0-12.

Many of the current Dublin squad saw action during that clash, Stephen Cluxton, Philly McMahon, Rory O’Carroll, Michael Fitzsimons, James McCarthy, Kevin McManamon and Bernard Brogan all started while Eoghan O’Gara and Jonny Cooper were introduced as subs. Bernard Brogan finished the day as top-scorer with a personal tally of 2-5 (0-1f).

The winner of this evening’s encounter will meet the winner of Sunday’s clash between Kildare and Longford in the provincial semi-final in Croke Park on Sunday, June 9.

Throw-in in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise is 7pm. Meath and Carlow face off in the curtain-raiser at 5pm.

Dublin: Stephen Cluxton; David Byrne, Michael Fitzsimons, Jack McCaffrey; James McCarthy, Cian O’Sullivan John Small; Brian Fenton, Darren Gavin; Cormac Costello, Brian Howard, Ciarán Kilkenny; Paul Mannion, Con O’Callaghan, Niall Scully.

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