11 All-Ireland Final survivors in Dublin team for TG4 Leinster decider with Westmeath

TG4 Leinster Senior Championship Final – Sunday June 30 

Dublin v Westmeath; Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow, 4pm (Live on LGFA Facebook: (https://www.facebook.com/LadiesGaelicFootball/)

DUBLIN manager Mick Bohan has named 11 of the team that started in the 2018 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Final for Sunday’s Leinster decider against Westmeath at Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow (4pm).

Two-time All Star Rachel Ruddy, who returned to the fold this year, Aoife Kane, Jennifer Dunne and championship debutant Niamh Hetherton are the four additions to the starting 15 when compared to the line-up that helped the Sky Blues to a second successive All-Ireland crown in front of 50,141 spectators.

Carla Rowe, two-goal star against Cork last September, misses out through injury but six-time All Star Sinead Goldrick has been named to start at centre half back, after suffering a broken arm in the build-up to the Lidl NFL Division 1 semi-final loss to Cork.

That clash on April 21 was Dublin’s last competitive outing, and Bohan has made four changes to the team that started at Nowlan Park.  

Goldrick, Siobhán McGrath, Lauren Magee and Hetherton come into the team in place of Éabha Rutledge, Sinead Finnegan (injured), Lyndsey Davey and Rowe.

Westmeath’s last competitive match saw the Lake County end their Lidl NFL Division 1 campaign on a high, with victory over Tipperary on April 7.

Manager Sean Finnegan has made five changes to his starting line-up for a clash that will see Westmeath aim to halt Dublin’s drive for an eighth successive Leinster crown.

Lucy Power, Maud Annie Foley, Sarah Dolan, Lucy McCartan and Annie Dolan are all named to start, with Fiona Coyle, Laura Brennan, Nicole Feery, Leanne Slevin and Megan Brick dropping to the bench.

Sunday’s provincial decider will be streamed LIVE on the LGFA’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/LadiesGaelicFootball/, with Jerome Quinn on commentary duty alongside Waterford star Michelle Ryan. 

The 30 Dublin players named in their match-day squad have 131 Leinster Championship medals between them ahead of Sunday’s game, with captain Sinéad Aherne seeking her 13th.

Dublin team: 

1 Ciara Trant St Brigids
2 Martha Byrne Cuala
3 Niamh Collins Foxrock Cabinteely
4 Rachel Ruddy Ballyboden St Endas
5 Aoife Kane Kilmacud Crokes
6 Sinead Goldrick Foxrock Cabinteely
7 Lauren Magee Kilmacud Crokes
8 Olwen Carey Thomas Davis
9 Siobhan McGrath Thomas Davis
10 Nicole Owens St Sylvesters
11 Niamh McEvoy St Sylvesters
12 Jennifer Dunne Cuala
13 Sinead Aherne St Sylvesters
14 Niamh Hetherton Clontarf
15 Noelle Healy Mourneabbey

Westmeath team: 

1 Lauren McCormack Mullingar Shamrocks
2 Rachel Dillon Milltown
3 Jennifer Rogers Milltown
4 Lucy Power The Downs
5 Kelly Boyce Jordan Milltown
6 Fiona Claffey Foxrock Cabinteely
7 Karen McDermott St Marys
8 Jo-Hanna Maher Tyrrellspass
9 Maud Annie Foley Coralstown/Kinnegad
10 Vicky Carr St Lomans
11 Sarah Dolan Garrycastle
12 Lucy Mc Cartan St Lomans
13 Annie Dolan Clan Gaels
14 Anna Jones Mullingar Shamrocks
15 Karen Hegarty Mullingar Shamrocks


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