Dublin name strong team for League opener against Kerry

Paul Mannion returns to the full-forward line

Jim Gavin has named a strong side for Dublin's League opener against Kerry on Saturday evening.

Paul Mannion returns for the All-Ireland champions, for this, a repeat of the All-Ireland decider last September.

Diarmuid Connolly, Ciaran Kilkenny and Jonny Cooper all start for Gavin's charges. Throw-in is scheduled for 7pm at Croke Park.

DUBLIN TEAM:

1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells)

2. Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna)
3. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)
4. David Byrne (Naomh Olaf)

5. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)
6. John Small (Ballymun Kickhams)
7. Davy Byrne (Ballymun Kickhams)

8. Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes)
9. Denis Bastick (Templeogue Synge Street)

10. Tomas Brady (Na Fianna)
11. Diarmuid Connolly (St Vincent’s)
12. Ciaran Kilkenny (Castleknock)

13. Paddy Andrews (St Brigid’s)
14. Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams)
15. Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes)