The Return From Injury Of Dean Rock And Costello’s Form Will Give Jim Gavin A Real Selection Headache

Dublin’s Cormac Costello In a sky blue jersey and navy shorts is giving Dublin manager Jim Gavin a real selection headache for the championship

Cormac Costello’s form this year is giving Jim Gavin a very welcome selection headache going forward in the rest of the Championship.

The Whitehall Colmcille man was the star of the show against Louth last Saturday finishing with a personal tally of 1-12 which included 10 converted frees and one converted 45’ attempt.

Regular free taker Dean Rock was unavailable for selection for the Dublin’s Leinster championship quarter final but Costello showed he is a more than capable alternative dead ball specialist.

There has never been a doubt about Cormac’s ability and he was earmarked at an early age as a future senior star, but he has had to endure a long frustrating apprenticeship due to numerous injuries he has suffered since breaking into the senior set-up which has limited his game time and prevented him from securing a regular starting spot.

Costello showed just what he was capable of when he was introduced in the 56th minute of the 2016 All Ireland replay against Mayo and scored three stunning points.

A sustained run in this year’s Allianz National Football League seen him firmly put his hand up for a starting berth in the championship.

He scored a total of 2-13 during the league which included 0-06 against Galway and 1-04 against Mayo. He looked dangerous in the game against Tyrone scoring an excellent goal but picked up an injury just before half-time which seen him also miss Dublin’s last League game against Cavan.

Add In his scoring exploit against Louth last Saturday and with Dean Rock to return Costello has certainly given Dublin manager Jim Gavin a selection headache albeit a welcome one when he sits down to pick his team to face either Kildare or Longford in the Leinster semi final.

After scoring 1-12 it would be a difficult and would seem a harsh decision to bench Costello and if Rock is available for selection for the semi final and both himself and Cormac are picked then one of the other five players that started last weekend, Brian Howard, Ciaran Kilkenny, Niall Scully, Con O’Callaghan and Paul Mannion will miss out. But who from that quintet would the manager drop?

That’s going to be a really tough decision and you wouldn’t want to be in Gavin’s shoes when he has to make that choice. A selection headache indeed but a great one to have for Jim and insures the competition for places could be even more intense than ever under Gavin.