Dublin U20 Manager Tom Gray has named his starting 15 for their Leinster opener against Wicklow
Wicklow v Dublin
Saturday, February 8th. 2:00pm
Joule Park, Aughrim
The year rolls around again for Tom Gray and his Dublin U20 Football Panel. The reigning Leinster Champions will set off to try retain the provincial crown. And the hope will be to land their first All Ireland at this level.
Tomorrow they start their campaign off with a qualifier against Wicklow in Aughrim. And a win would see them face Longford for a chance of making the last four of the competition.
Carlow and Wexford square off tonight for the opportunity of facing Meath in the next round. And Louth and Offaly will go head to head tomorrow with the winners facing Kildare.
If Dublin successfully see off Wicklow and Longford, they face either Carlow, Wexford or Meath in the Semi Finals.
Dublin and Wicklow have squared off at Minor level in the past couple of years and have shared the spoils. In 2018 Wicklow were 2-06 to 0-08 winners in Parnell Park. Last year Dublin made a positive response on the road in Aughrim beating the hosts 0-20 to 1-09.
Tomorrow’s starting 15 sees a lot of new names, and interestingly there is only one player named that started in last year’s All Ireland Final defeat to Cork. And that one player is last year’s Eirgrid Footballer Of The Year Ciaran Archer.
Archer was pivotal for Tom Gray and his plans in 2019. He finished the Championship scoring an incredible 9 goals and 35 points over five championship games. He was top scorer in each of those games and Dublin supporters will be hoping he’ll have his scoring boots on tomorrow.
Half Back Mark Lavin got some U20 experience last year, coming on as a substitute in Dublin’s Leinster Final victory over Laois.
Dublin U20 Starting 15 (v Wicklow)
1. Josh O’Neill (St Vincent’s)
2. Alan Murphy (Lucan Sarsfields)
3. Adam Rafter (Na Fianna)
4. Josh Bannon (St Sylvesters)
5. Rory Dwyer (St Margarets)
6. Adam Waddick (Thomas Davis)
7. Adam Fearon (Skerries Harps)
8. Killian McGinnis (Skerries Harps)
9. Evan Caulfield (Clanna Gael Fontenoy)
10. Mark Lavin (Lucan Sarsfields)
11. Lorcan O’Dell (Templeogue Synge St)
12. Seán Lowry (St Vincents)
13. Ciarán Archer (St Maurs)
14. Luke Swan (Castleknock)
15. Kieran McKeon (Clontarf)