Danny Sutcliffe and Shane Stapleton will make their starting league debuts for the Dublin hurlers in Sunday’s Allianz NHL Division 1A clash with Galway in Pearse Stadium, Salthill (2.30).
St Jude’s lad Sutcliffe, minor captain in 2010 when Dublin reached the All-Ireland semi-final, impressed in the recent Bord na Mona Walsh Cup defeat to Laois while also coming off the bench in Championship action last summer.
Stapleton’s inclusion makes it an extra special day for St Pat’s of Palmerstown as he teams up with his club-mate Liam Rushe in the Dublin attack. Stapleton also played in the Walsh Cup this year and was a member of the 2010 under-21 team who claimed Leinster honours.
Sunday’s starting 15 features 11 players who began last summer’s All-Ireland SHC semif-final defeat to Tipperary – Paul Schutte, David O’Callaghan (both injured), Alan McCrabbe (substitute), and Liam Ryan (recently retired) are the ones missing. Ruairi Trainor, Sutcliffe, Stapleton, and David Treacy are the players who did not start against the Premier County.
DUBLIN (SH v Galway)
Gary Maguire (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
Niall Corcoran (Kilmacud Crokes)
Peter Kelly (Lucan Sarsfields)
Ruairi Trainor (St Vincent’s)
Michael Carton (O’Toole’s)
Joey Boland (Na Fianna)
Shane Durkin (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
John McCaffrey (Lucan Sarsfields)
Danny Sutcliffe (St Jude’s)
Conor McCormack (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
Ryan O’Dwyer (Kilmacud Crokes)
Shane Stapleton (St Pat’s, Palmerstown)
David Treacy (Cuala)
Liam Rushe (St Pat’s, Palmerstown)
Paul Ryan (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
Alan Nolan (St Brigid’s)
Peadar Carton (O’Toole’s)
Eamon Dillon (Nh Fionnbarra)
Oisin Gough (Cuala)
Simon Lambert (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
Alan McCrabbe (Craobh Chiarain)
Maurice O’Brien (Faughs)
Declan O’Dwyer (Nh Olaf)
Martin Quilty (Na Fianna)
Shane Ryan (Nh Mearnog)
Ronan Walsh (Kilmacud Crokes)