Danny Sutcliffe, Dublin, in action against Limerick. Picture: Ray McManus/Sportsfile.
CONOR MCKEON – 28 MARCH 2013
DANNY SUTCLIFFE is definitely out of Dublin’s final Allianz HL Division 1B fixture with Carlow in Parnell Park on Sunday (3.0)
With his team all-but confirmed for a spot in the divisional final against Limerick, Dubs boss Anthony Daly is primed to wield significant change to the team which made their promotion final path clearer with a big win in Wexford last weekend.
The only final-day scenario which could rob Dublin of a second crack at Limerick and a chance to move back into hurling’s topflight involves |Carlow springing a gigantic surprise in Donnycarney, both Offaly and Wexford winning in Antrim and Limerick respectively, and one or the other making up their respective 14- and |15-point scoring deficit on Daly’s Dubs.
Similarly, Carlow – pointless at the bottom of Division 1B – have already been consigned to a relegation final and manager John Meyler admitted this week that that match (most likely against Antrim) rather than the Dublin trip, was his most pressing priority.
With that in mind, Daly says the game is an opportunity to give |pitch-time to some experienced players who have been kept mainly in reserve this year.
“We’re definitely without Danny because Danny just needs a bit of time to get a couple of things sorted out, injury-wise,” Daly explained.
“Really, we should have rested him in Wexford but with Conal (Keaney) being a doubt, we pushed for him to play.
“He needs a bit of rehab and he has done that this week. We knew that he would be out of the last match anyway.”
Ryan O’Dwyer was added to the substitutes list last weekend after completing his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery and Daly admitted: “We may look at him at the weekend. There would be other fellas we |would be anxious to look at as well: maybe Stephen (Hiney), maybe Niall Corcoran, maybe Oisín Gough.
“Fellas like that haven’t seen much game time and they’re very experienced guys.