Sunday 23 October 2016

Stars of the future

Mark Corcoran profiles 5 promising young Dubs to keep an eye on

1 Cormac Costello

The Whitehall Colmcille clubman made a big impression for the Dublin seniors last season. The young sharpshooter notched 1-10 in Championship 2014, including 1-5 off the bench in the Leinster semi-final against Wexford.

Costello is a man in demand. He has been courted by the senior Hurling team for several seasons. In fact, 2013 Dublin hurling All Star Danny Sutcliffe once described him as the 'best hurler at his age in Ireland' - but like many dual players in the capital, his future appears to be committed to the large ball. Football fans can breath a sigh of relief. The best is yet to come.

2 Shane Carthy

Kicking two crucial points in the O'Byrne Cup final win over Kildare earlier this year certainly did Shane Carthy's prospects no harm. The Naomh Mearnóg player featured three times throughout the League campaign - chipping in on the scoresheet with 0-2.

Having made his senior debut last season, Carthy will be hoping to claim a midfield or half-forward as the season progresses.

3 Brian Fenton

The Raheny midfielder came to prominence in 2014, playing a key role in Dublin's All-Ireland under-21 success. Two footed and very mobile for a big man, he looks a real prospect for Jim Gavin's side. This season he has grabbed his opportunity on the senior panel with both hands. He scored 1-1 and showed impressive physicality and work rate in his first senior start against Monaghan in Clones. He also started the League final victory over Cork, putting in an impressive performance.

Midfield is the one area of the pitch where Dublin could do with increased options and the Raheny man could be one to watch here.

4 Emmet O'Conghaile

The Lucan Sarsfields' midfielder has been around the senior panel long enough to pick up an All-Ireland medal in 2013 as well as three NFL and two Leinster medals while he also won two under-21 All-Ireland titles.

He boasts very impressive high fielding skills and is well able to kick scores from long range. During the League he notched 0-4 from six appearances for the Dubs. Undoubtably there are shades of Dublin legend Ciarán Whelan about him - something which Jim Gavin alluded to when speaking during the O'Byrne Cup in January.

"They are very similar type players," said Gavin. "He (O'Conghaile) is very good at taking his scores and one of the best high fielders we have technically."

5 David Byrne

To date, David Byrne has amassed an impressive haul of silverware. He was captain of the Dublin team which beat Meath to win the 2012 All-Ireland minor title in 2012. He was full back on the 2014 under-21 side that also won the All-Ireland, beating Roscommon in the final, and also captained the under-21s to a Leinster title earlier this year. In 2013 the young defender also helped his club Naomh Olaf's win the Dublin Intermediate Championship.

Byrne made three appearances for the senior squad during the 2015 League campaign. His versatility means he can play in a number of defensive positions. Though we may not see much of him this summer he is certainly one to keep an eye on in the future.

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