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Sunday 26 March 2017

Macauley surprise

Midfielder not listed in starting team for Dubs but could yet line out against Mayo

12 July 2015; Michael Darragh Macauley, Dublin. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
12 July 2015; Michael Darragh Macauley, Dublin. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Westmeath v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

Michael Darragh Macauley is a shock exclusion from the Dublin team named to start tomorrow's mouth-watering All-Ireland SFC semi-final with Mayo.

Jim Gavin's announcement of his chosen XV to face the Connacht champions mirrors that which started against Fermanagh in the All-Ireland quarter-final four weeks ago, meaning the 2013 Footballer of the Year is once more listed amongst the Dublin substitutes.

Provided Dublin line out as announced by management last night, Macauley's omission represents a major surprise.

A succession of minor injuries curtailed the Ballyboden St Enda's midfielder's spring and early summer and having started in the Leinster final win over Westmeath, Macauley's involvement in the Fermanagh match was as a half-time substitute for Denis Bastick.

Raheny youngster Brian Fenton is again listed to start alongside Bastick in midfield.

Paddy Andrews, recalled for the Fermanagh win having failed to start any of Dublin's three victories in the Leinster SFC, will wear the number 14 jersey, holding off stiff competition from the likes of Kevin McManamon, Alan Brogan and Cormac Costello.

Dublin (SF v Mayo): S Cluxton; J Cooper, R O'Carroll, P McMahon; J McCarthy, C O'Sullivan, J McCaffrey; B Fenton, D Bastick; P Flynn, C Kilkenny, D Connolly; D Rock, P Andrews, B Brogan.

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