Twelve players who started last years decider named in team for the 2020 All Ireland Final
Mick Bohan has named his team for the 2020 All Ireland Final festive showdown with old rivals Cork on Sunday in Croke Park.
There is one change to the starting line-up from Dublin’s semi final win over Armagh which sees the experienced Niamh McEvoy replacing Sarah McCaffrey in the forward line.
The inclusion of McEvoy at centre forward completes an all St Sylvesters full forward line with Niamh joined by club mates Nicole Owens and Dublin captain Sinead Aherne in the corner forward positions.
Another huge plus for Bohan is the inclusion of his inspirational captain Sinead Aherne who was a major injury concern for the 2020 All Ireland final after suffering a hamstring tweak after 25 minutes of the semi final.
Aherne is currently Dublin’s top scorer in the championship and the loss of the scoring power of the St Sylvesters club woman would have been a big blow to Dublin for this Sunday’s decider.
In all there are 12 players who started last years final against Galway named in the starting 15 for Sunday’s clash with Cork. The thre missing players are Eabha Rutledge (head injury), Olwen Carey (work commitments) and Hannah O’Neill.
O’Neill has had a tough year with injury but has battled back to fitness and is named among the substitutes. The one player to lose out on a starting jersey from the semi final win Sarah McCaffrey is also named among the subs.
Both McCaffrey and Hannah O’Neill made telling contributions when coming off the bench in the 2017 All Ireland final against Mayo.
McCaffrey pounced for two goals after her introduction and O’Neill also introduced in the second half hit a sumptuous cross field pass into an unmarked Carla Rowe who slid the ball into the bottom corner of the net for Dublin’s third goal of the final.
Both are capable of making a similar impact in Sunday’s final where the role of the substitutes will be vital in determining the outcome.
Noelle Healy, Leah Caffrey and Nicole Owens are the three additions to the starting line-up from last years decider.
Noelle was introduced as a second half substitute last September, Nicole was out injured with a serious knee injury and Leah wasn’t available for selection as she was overseas traveling.
The action gets underway in 2020 All Ireland Final on Sunday at 3:30pm and the game will be broadcast LIVE only on TG4. Fans overseas can view the game via www.tg4.ie with radio coverage also available on RTÉ Sunday Sport.
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1. Ciara Trant (St Brigid’s)
2. Martha Byrne (Cuala)
3. Niamh Collins (Foxrock Cabinteely)
4. Aoife Kane (Kilmacud Crokes)
5. Leah Caffrey (Na Fianna)
6. Siobhan McGrath (Thomas Davis)
7. Sinead Goldrick (Foxrock Cabinteely)
8. Lauren Magee (Kilmacud Crokes)
9. Jennifer Dunne (Cuala)
10. Noelle Healy (St Brigid’s)
11. Lyndsey Davey (Skerries Harps)
12. Carla Rowe (Clann Mhuire)
13. Sinead Aherne (Capt) (St Sylvester’s)
14. Niamh McEvoy (St Sylvester’s)
15. Nicole Owens (St Sylvester’s)
Karen O’Connell (Na Fianna), Sarah McCaffrey (Clontarf), Kate Sullivan (St Sylvester’s), Orlagh Nolan (Ballinteer St Johns), Muireann Ni Scanaill (Fingallians), Caoimhe O’Connor (Clontarf), Lucy Collins (Na Fianna), Siobhan Killeen (Clontarf), Niamh Hetherton (Clontarf), Jodi Egan (Foxrock Cabinteely), Hannah O’Neill (Foxrock Cabinteely), Laura McGinley (Naomh Barrog), Deirdre Murphy (St Brigid’s), Ciara McGuigan (Thomas Davis), Niamh Sweeney (Ballinteer St Johns).
Additional Dublin Panel Members
Rebecca McDonnell (Clanna Gael Fontenoy), Hannah Leahy (Scoil Ui Chonaill), Laura Kane (Kilmacud Crokes), Rachel Hartnett (Cuala), Cassie Sultan (Kilmacud Crokes), Abby Shiels (Lucan Sarsfields), and Eabha Rutledge (Kilmacud Crokes).