MICK Bohan’s Dublin team for Saturday evening’s Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 clash with Mayo at Croke Park (5.0) shows seven changes to the selection that lined out against Tipperary in round 2 of the competition.
And Bohan’s options are boosted considerably with the return of the last two Senior Players’ Player of the Year winners – team captain Sinéad Aherne and Noelle Healy – to the squad, along with six-time All Star Sinead Goldrick.
Aherne, Healy and Goldrick all feature in a Dublin matchday squad for the first time in 2019, while Bohan has shuffled his pack from the start for a repeat of last year’s Division 1 League final clash with visitors Mayo.
Goalkeeper Rachel Fleming, who made her Dublin senior debut against Tipperary, is replaced by regular netminder and All Star Ciara Trant, while there are six alterations further out the field.
Niamh Collins, Emma McDonagh, Lucy Collins, Hannah O’Neill, Oonagh Whyte and Niamh McEvoy are named in the starting line-up, ahead of Rachel Ruddy, Kate Fitzgibbon, Sarah Fagan, Jennifer Dunne, Carla Rowe and Siobhan Killeen.
Dublin are chasing a second successive victory in 2019 Lidl National League while Mayo are hoping to bounce back from defeat to Donegal last time out.
Mayo boss Peter Leahy has named an unchanged team as Mayo prepare for their first visit to Croke Park since the 2017 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Final.
Dublin:C Trant; M Byrne, N Collins, E McDonagh; A Kane, S McGrath, L Magee; L Collins, O Carey; N Owens, S Woods, H O’Neill; O Whyte, L Davey, N McEvoy.