Tom Grays U20 Footballers start the defence of their Leinster title tonight with a Quarter Final clash with Wicklow
Dublin v Wicklow
Thursday, July 8th. 7:30pm
Parnell Park, Dublin
The Dublin U20 Footballers set off on their 2021 journey this evening. And they have home advantage against Wicklow, a side they’ve got to know very well over the last few years. Tom Gray’s side met the men from Wicklow in the opening round last year in Aughrim and left victorious. The followed that win with consecutive victories over Longford, Meath and Laois to be crowned provincial champions.
Gray has just named his panel for tonight’s opener. And the starting 15 features as many as ten players that started in last year’s All-Ireland Final against Galway. Josh O’Neill, Conor Tyrrell, Adam Rafter, Rory Dwyer, Adam Waddick, Mark O’Leary, Adam Fearon, Mark Lavin, Lorcan O’Dell and Luke Swan all make a return.
Dublin were 1-17 to 1-10 winners against Wicklow last year. But Gray knows not to take anything for granted this evening.
“We played them last year in the championship. Despite winning, I thought the scoreline flattered us a bit,” said Dublin manager Tom Gray.
“They are well coached by Kevin O’Brien and they have the benefit of having already played in this campaign, which is a big advantage.
“You can work away at training and challenge games, but you really can’t beat a proper knock-out championship game and their morale will be high after coming through late on against Laois.
Dublin U20 Football Panel (v Wicklow)
1. Josh O’Neill (St Vincents)
2. Conor Tyrrell (St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh)
3. Adam Rafter (Na Fianna)
4. Ben Millist (Ballinteer St Johns)
5. Rory Dwyer (St. Margarets)
6. Adam Waddick (Thomas Davis)
7. Mark L’Estrange (St. Vincents)
8. Mark O Leary (Kilmacud Crokes)
9. Adam Fearon (Skerries Harps)
10. Mark Lavin (Lucan Sarsfields)
11. Lorcan O’Dell (Templeougue Synge Street)
12. Sean Foran (Whitehall Colmcille)
13. Fionn Murray (Thomas Davis)
14. Luke Swan (Castleknock)
15. Luke Ward (Kilmacud Crokes)
16. Jake Turley (Ballyboden St Endas)
17. Conor Chawke (Castleknock)
18. Daragh Fagan (Clontarf)
19. Senan Forker (Castleknock)
20. Simon Murphy (St Judes)
21. Kieran Conroy (St. Pats Donabate)
22. Luke Murphy-Guinane (Naomh Olaf)
23. David O’Dowd (Cuala)
24. Seán O’Driscoll (Naomh Olaf)
25. Jack Lundy (Ballinteer St Johns)
26. Seán Guiden (St Sylvesters)