It’s as you were for the boys in blue ahead of this afternoon’s Leinster Final with old rivals Meath

Leinster Final - Dublin v Meath

Dublin v Meath
Sunday, June 23rd. 4:00pm
Croke Park, Dublin

Jim Gavin’s Dublin Senior Footballers set out to collect yet another trophy this afternoon as the Delaney Cup is again up for grabs. A win for Dublin would see them retain the provincial crown for a ninth time on the bounce. And they face Meath, the side that put a kink in Dublin’s Football Leinster record in 2010.

Dublin had held the Leinster title as their own since 2005, but in the 2010 Semi Final Meath shocked the boys in blue in a five goal salvo, knocking them off their provincial perch. The Royal County went onto to beat Louth in a controversial final to collect the Delaney Cup.

Since then Dublin have completely dominated the competition, and they’ve faced Meath in three consecutive finals between 2012 and 2014, each time increasing their winning margin.

For Meath, 2019 has been a successful year to date. Promotion to the top flight of the National Football League has been a massive plus for Andy McEntee’s side and so far they’ve coasted through the provincial rounds. Today however is their biggest challenge as they face their biggest rivals.

Jim Gavin has named an unchanged starting 15 from the side that were 0-26 to 0-11 winners over Kildare in the Leinster Semi Final two weeks ago. Paul Mannion and Michael Darragh Macauley were last minute adjustments to the starting 15 on the day, and both have kept their starting berth for this afternoon’s Leinster decider.

The action gets underway at GAA Headquarters at 4:00pm

Dublin Starting 15 (v Meath)

1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells)
2. David Byrne (Naomh Olaf)
3. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)
4. Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf)
5. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)
6. Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes)
7. John Small (Ballymun Kickhams)
8. Brian Fenton (Raheny)
9. Michael Darragh Macauley (Ballyboden St. Enda’s)
10. Niall Scully (Templeogue Synge Street)
11. Cormac Costello (Whitehall Colmcille)
12. Brian Howard (Raheny)
13. Ciaran Kilkenny (Castleknock)
14. Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes)
15. Con O’Callaghan (Cuala)