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Friday 15 December 2017

Hard call

Gilroy leaves Macauley and O'Sullivan on Dublin bench

PAT GILROY has admitted it was a tough call to stick with the same 15 players who launched Dublin's All-Ireland defence in blistering fashion against Louth.

The Sky Blues are unchanged for Sunday's Leinster SFC semi-final against Wexford at Croke Park - but that means no place for All Star midfielder Michael Darragh Macauley or All Star nominee Cian O'Sullivan.

Macauley was an 11th hour withdrawal against Louth after injuring his midriff in a freak fall off a push bike, while jet-heeled defender O'Sullivan was ruled out with a minor hamstring complaint.

Both are now "100 per cent" back to fitness, according to Gilroy, but the Dublin boss has kept faith in a midfield axis of Denis Bastick and Eamon Fennell, along with Philly McMahon at corner-back.

"It was difficult because Cian O'Sullivan and Michael Darragh Macauley were completely back in contention, after having injury troubles," the manager revealed.

"Those guys had been going well into the last game. But, to be fair, the fellas who got the spots have done well - not only in the last game but over the last four weeks in training. So it was hard to change them."

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