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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Dublin without three key men for Model assignment

DUBLIN are set to be without a trio of players for their Leinster Under 21 FC opener with Wexford -- a tie which has been moved back a week to February 29.

Jim Gavin's side will travel to Enniscorthy to take on last year's Leinster champions without Gary Sweeney, Eoin O'Flaherty or Paul Maguire.

Sweeney, in his third year at under-21 and one of the most influential forwards on the 2010 team which won the All-Ireland, is set to miss out with a hamstring injury suffered early in the second half of DCU's Sigerson Cup victory over CIT last week.

First-choice 'keeper Eoin O'Flaherty is also out with an abductor muscle injury while St Jude's forward, Maguire, will also be on the missing list as Gavin embarks on a fifth year as manager.

The trio will also miss tomorrow's Sigerson Cup quarter-final tie with DCU and DIT at DCU's Sportsgrounds (2.0).



Sensation

Both Sweeney and O'Flaherty are part of Niall Moyna's DCU squad while Maguire is on DIT's books.

Gavin will, however, be able to call on the talents of last year's minor sensation, Ciarán Kilkenny, after he linked up with the squad earlier this year.

Kilkenny's future is still the subject of some speculation in the capital, however, after he was offered a two-year rookie contract by AFL club Carlton Blues late last year. The talented dual player has yet to sign the form but is expected to do so after the completion of his Leaving Certificate exams later this year.

The AFL will continue its recruitment drive tomorrow in Tallaght after a number of the country's top young GAA players were invited to trials at the National Basketball Arena, and Kilkenny is expected to attend.

AFL ambassador Tadhg Kennelly will be there alongside Ben McCormack, general manager of the AFL in Europe, as well as scouts from a number of Aussie Rules clubs as they run the rule over the hopefuls in various skills and fitness drills.

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