Mattie Kenny has to roll the dice again as he loses players to college competition ahead of Walsh Cup Semi Final

Walsh Cup Semi Final - Dublin v Galway

Dublin v Galway
Sunday, January 12th. 2:00pm
Parnell Park, Dublin

After three straight wins in the Round Robin stage of this year’s Walsh Cup, any manager would be relishing the thoughts of facing Galway for a place in the competition final. But with the Fitzgibbon Cup also taking place this weekend, Dublin boss Mattie Kenny must prepare without a raft of talent as the Tribesmen come to town.

As many as fourteen players will miss tomorrow’s last four game, and it will leave the Dublin boss short of options coming off the bench as a result.

Seán Brennan, Alex O’Neill, Chris Crummey, Enda O’Donnell, Lorcan McMullan and Cian Derwin all get slots in the starting 15, which on the whole doesn’t look as weak as one might expect.

A front six featuring Tomas Connolly, Cian Boland, Cian Derwin, John Hetherton, Oisin O’Rorke and Eamonn Dillon is definitely not to be sniffed at. In their 1-28 to 0-17 victory over Laois on Thursday night five of those names accounted for 1-17 of the scoreline, with Cian Derwin the only player not to feature.

Elsewhere Chris Crummey starts in the half back line and his inter county hurling experience will surely benefit the five players around him in the back six.

Dublin Starting 15 (v Galway)

1. Seán Brennan (Cuala)
2. Andrew Dunphy (St Brigid’s)
3. Cian O’Callaghan (Cuala)
4. James Madden (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
5. Alex O’Neill (Round Towers, Clondalkin)
6. Chris Crummey (Lucan Sarsfields)
7. Jake Malone (Cuala)
8. Enda O’Donnell (Whitehall Colmcille)
9. Lorcan McMullan (Kilmacud Crokes)
10. Tom Connolly (St Vincents)
11. Cian Boland (St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh)
12. Cian Derwin (Craobh Chiaráin)
13. John Hetherton (St Vincents)
14. Oisín O’Rorke (Kilmacud Crokes)
15. Eamonn Dillon (Naomh Fionnbarra)

Dublin Substitutes:

16 Alan Nolan (St Brigid’s)
17 Mark Schutte (Cuala)
18 Marc Howard (Kilmacud Crokes)
19 Tommy Kinnane (Naomh Mearnóg)
20 Mark Sweeney (St Vincents)
21 Dara Power (Fingallians)