Four Changes For Dublin For St Patrick’s Day Tussle With Donegal


Dublin will head to Letterkenny on St Patrick’s Day wary of a Donegal side who knocked them out at the league semi final stage last season

Headshots of the Dublin ladies footballers chosen to face Donegal on St Patrick’s Day in the Lidl NFL
The Dublin team to face Donegal on St Patrick’s Day in the Lidl NFL. Image Credit: Dublin LGFA

Dublin manager Mick Bohan has made four changes to his starting fifteen for their St Patrick’s Day away trip to face Donegal.

Coming into the side are Niamh Crowley, Dannielle Lawless, Ellen Gribben and Niamh Hetherton in place of Rachel Brennan, Carla Rowe, Jodi Egan and Sinéad Wylde making way.

Dubs captain Carla Rowe limped off with an ankle injury in the first half against Mayo and hasn’t recovered sufficiently to make the match day squad for the trip to the north west.

Rachel Brennan, Jodi Egan and Sinéad Wylde though are named amongst the substitutes on the Dublin bench.

Vice-Captain, Leah Caffrey who was the player of the match in the win over Mayo takes over the captaincy for tomorrow’s game.

Donegal have yet to register a win in the 2023 Lidl Ladies National Football League, despite that Dublin will be very wary of how difficult an opponent Donegal can be on their day, particularly at home.

Dublin suffered two defeats to Donegal last season in the league semi final and All Ireland quarter final, a result that ended Dublin’s impressive record of reaching the All Ireland semi final and final for eight seasons in a row.

Bohan’s Dublin side are still in the hunt alongside Galway for a place in the league final against Kerry on Saturday the 15th of April in Croke Park, but anything bar a win against Donegal on St Patrick’s Day will end their chances.

Match referee, Anthony Marron from Monaghan will get proceedings underway in Letterkenny at 2pm and for supporters who can’t make the long trip for the game, you can watch it live only on TG4.

Dublin: Abby Shiels (Lucan Sarsfields), Niamh Crowley (Fingallians), Leah Caffrey (Na Fianna) Captain, Jessica Tobin (Cuala), Lauren Magee (Kilmacud Crokes), Dannielle Lawless (St Sylvesters), Martha Byrne (Cuala), Jennifer Dunne (Cuala), Eilish O’Dowd (Na Fianna), Caoimhe O’Connor (Clontarf), Orlagh Nolan (Ballinteer St Johns), Ellen Gribben (St Brigids), Kate Sullivan (St Sylvesters), Niamh Hetherton (Clontarf), Hannah Tyrrell (Na Fianna).

Dublin Substitutes: Emer Ní Éafa (Fingallians), Aoife Kane (Kilmacud Crokes), Jodi Egan (Foxrock Cabinteely), Sinéad Wylde (Cuala), Chloe Darby (Parnells), Orla Martin (Na Fianna), Caitlin Coffey (Castleknock), Annabelle Timothy (St Finians Swords), Niamh Donlon (St Oliver Plunkett’s ER), Rachel Brennan (St Peregrines), Emma Deeley (Na Fianna).