Young Star Kate Sullivan One Of Two Changes For Dublin

Promotional poster for Dublin’s Ladies footballers league clash with Mayo, manager Mick Bohan has made two changes to the side that drew with Tipperary last weekend
Image Credit: Dublin LGFA

Lidl NFL Division 1, Round 2

Mayo v Dublin

Saturday 1st of February

Venue: Elverys McHale Park, Castlebar

Throw-In: 5pm

Referee: Gus Chapman (Sligo)

Dublin manager Mick Bohan has made two changes to his side which drew with Tipperary last weekend for their second round Lidl NFL clash with Mayo in Castlebar.

The two changes are in defence and attack with All Star nominee, Eabha Rutledge making her first start of 2020 at corner-back in place of Laura McGinley who move to the bench.

Kate Sullivan made a serious impression when introduced off the bench last weekend against Tipperary with some excellent penetrating runs, a superb point and ferocious work-rate.

O’Sullivan has been rewarded for her efforts last week with a starting place in the team in the half forward line for the trip to Elvery’s McHale Park with Laura Kane who made her debut against Tipperary switching to the bench.

With Dublin are once again without the services of key forwards Sinead Aherne, Lyndsey Davey, Nicole Owens, Noelle Healy and Siobhan Killeen it’s a perfect opportunity for O’Sullivan to impress the Dublin management team and put her hand up to claim a starting berth on a regular basis.

Bohan also welcomes back Niamh Hetherton who is included on the bench. Hetherton missed last weekend opening league fixture as the multitalented player was involved in the All Ireland Camogie club semi-final with her Club St Vincents.

Mayo got their 2020 league campaign off to a flying start with a 4-07 (19) to 2-09 (15) victory over Donegal last weekend. Lisa Cafferky and Rachel Kearns bagged their sides goals while Fiona Doherty, Kathryn Sullivan and debutant Maria Cannon were also prominent for Mayo.

Dublin and Mayo have built up a competitive rivalry over the last number of years and in the main league meetings between the two Counties have been tense, physical and close battles.

Last season the two teams met in Croke Park at the end of February and Dublin overturned a six point deficit to claim the league points on offer with the final scoreline 1-17 to 3-09, Niamh McEvoy finished as Dublin’s top scorer on the day with an impressive personal tally of 1-05.

In 2018 Dublin defeated Mayo twice in the league, a 2-08 to 0-12 win in their February meeting in McHale Park with Oonagh Whyte bagging the two goals.

That was followed with a comprehensive victory in the Division 1 League Final in Parnell Park in early May by 3-11 to 1-10 with Sinead Aherne the scorer-in-chief for the Sky Blues with a haul of 1-09.

This latest meeting between these two great rivals will be a different affair though with both sides missing a number of their more experienced players.

Dublin’s Niamh McEvoy and Sinead Goldrick are in Australia playing AFLW, Sinead Aherne and Lyndsey Davey haven’t returned to the squad yet and Nicole Owens and Siobhan Killeen are working their way back to fitness after long layoffs from serious injury.

Mayo themselves are missing a number of players including Sarah Rowe, Grace Kelly, Niamh Kelly and Aileen Gilroy who are also in Australia playing AFLW this Spring.

This evenings game forms part of a double-header of action with their male counterparts and this great intuitive is an excellent tool in the armoury for the continued promotion of the Ladies game and long may it continue.

The action gets underway in Castlebar at 5pm and will be followed by the men’s game featuring the same two counties at 7pm.

Tickets are on sale from tickets.ie and from usual GAA ticket outlets.

Dublin:

1. Ciara Trant (St Brigids)

2. Martha Byrne (Cuala)

3. Muireann Ni Scanaill (Fingallians)

4. Eabha Rutledge (Kilmacud Crokes)

5. Leah Caffrey (Na Fianna)

6. Niamh Collins (Foxrock Cabinteely)

7. Lucy Collins (Na Fianna)

8. Lauren Magee (Kilmacud Crokes)

9. Jennifer Dunne (Cuala)

10. Rebecca McDonnell (Clanna Gael Fontenoy)

11. Carla Rowe (Clann Mhuire)

12. Kate Sullivan (St Sylvester’s)

13. Sarah McCaffrey (Clontarf)

14. Niamh Sweeney (Ballinteer St Johns)

15. Oonagh Whyte (Clann Mhuire).

Image Credit: Dublin LGFA

Dublin Substitutes:

16. Karen O’Connell (Na Fianna)

17. Hannah O’Neill (Foxrock Cabinteely)

18. Ciara McGuigan (Thomas Davis)

19. Siobhan Woods (Raheny)

20. Caoimhe O’Connor (Clontarf)

21. Aoife Kane (Kilmacud Crokes)

22. Orlagh Nolan (Ballinteer St Johns)

23. Laura McGinley (Naomh Barrog)

24. Niamh Hetherton (Clontarf)

25. Laura Kane (Kilmacud Crokes).