Dublin team announced to take on Tipperary

  • Feb 08,2019

LIDL NFL Div 1, Rd 2

Sunday February 10th, 2pm

Dublin v Tipperary

Ardfinnan GAA Club

Dublin will be eager to get their 2019 NFL campaign back on track this coming Sunday when they travel south to Ardfinnan for their Rd 2 clash with Tipperary.

Dublin boss Mick Bohan admitted he was disappointed with his side’s defeat to Donegal. Speaking after the game Bohan said “We are disappointed with the display. We just didn’t have our usual cohesion. We don’t enjoy losing,”“But I’d be more disappointed by the way we played. The way we went after the game rather than the result. If we had lost the game but we had gone after it with the right approach, I’d probably feel a bit better about it”.

Dublin management have made two changes to their starting 15 from that which lost out to Donegal last weekend. Other team news sees Ciara Ruddy (Ballyboden St Endas) and Oonagh Whyte (Clann Mhuire) introduced into the Dublin match day squad 30 for this weekend’s trip to Tipp.

Experienced duo, Lauren Magee and Lyndsey Davey are named to start this Sunday having both played the second period of last Saturday’s game versus Donegal following their introduction after the half time break.  Four times All Star, Davey made her presence felt on the pitch almost immediately when she was on target within 2 minutes of the restart scoring her sides only goal of the game.

Making way for the introduction of Magee and Davey are St Sylvester’s club mates, Kate Sullivan and Niamh McEvoy (injured). McEvoy was replaced in the 18th minute of last week’s encounter with Donegal having picked up what appeared to be an ankle injury and hasn’t recovered in time to make the squad for Sunday’s game. Having had an impressive senior debut versus the Ulster champions last weekend, Sullivan a member of the 2018 Dublin minor panel is named on the bench.

The last time these two sides meet in the NFL was back on the 13th of February 2011. On that occasion Dublin enjoyed a comprehensive 3-21 (30) to 0-07 victory over Tipperary. The same season, Dublin went on to lift the division 2 league title with a win over Meath in the final gaining promotion to top flight football while Tipperary endured relegation into division 3.

The premier County remained rooted in division 3 for five solid seasons (2012-2016) before going on to claim league success in 2017 (NFL div 3 winners) and again in 2018 (NFL div 2 winners) earning promotion to the top tier of the LIDL NFL for 2019.

Similar to Dublin, Tipperary also suffered a loss in their opening NFL fixture last weekend enduring a 2-11(17) to 0-12 defeat to Mayo. Aisling Moloney was once again Tipp’s most lethal forward scoring 0-6 (4f) of her sides tally. Dublin’s back line will have to bring their A game to Ardfinnan on Sunday as Moloney can punish teams both from play and the dead ball.

Match official, Garryowen McMahon a native of Monaghan but now living in Mayo will get the action underway at 2pm. 

For those making the journey to Ardfinnan please note the admission rates: Adults €10, Students / Senior citizens €5, Juvenile U16 free of charge.

Dublin: 1: Ciara Trant (St Brigids), 2: Martha Byrne (Cuala), 3: Niamh Collins (Foxrock Cabinteely), 4: Emma McDonagh (Foxrock Cabinteely), 5: Sarah Fagan (Clontarf), 6: Olwen Carey (Thomas Davis),7: Lauren Magee (Kilmacud Crokes), 8: Siobhan McGrath (Thomas Davis),9: Jennifer Dunne (Cuala), 10: Aoife Kane (Kilmacud Crokes), 11: Siobhan Woods (Raheny), 12: Carla Rowe (Clann Mhuire), 13: Nicole Owens (St Sylvester’s), 14: Lyndsey Davey (Skerries Harps), 15: Siobhan Killeen (Clontarf)

Dublin replacements: 16: Rachel Fleming (Kilmacud Crokes), 17: Ciara McGuigan (Thomas Davis), 18: Niamh Hetherton (Clontarf), 19: Orlagh Nolan (Ballinteer St Johns), 20: Kate Fitzgibbon (Clontarf), 21: Eabha Rutledge (Kilmacud Crokes), 22: Ciara Ruddy (Ballyboden St Endas), 23: Hannah Leahy (Scoil Ui Chonaill), 24: Laura Carolan (Castleknock), 25: Rachel Ruddy (Ballyboden St Endas), 26: Lucy Collins (Na Fianna), 27: Oonagh Whyte (Clann Mhuire), 28: Eve Keogh (Skerries Harps), 29: Eimear Loughlin (Cuala), 30: Kate Sullivan (St Sylvester’s)