Donegal make one change for Saturday’s Dublin clash

By Jackie Cahill

DONEGAL have made one change ahead of Saturday’s National League Division 1 semi-final against Dublin (1pm, Live on TG4).

All Star forward Geradline McLaughlin is named at left corner forward, with Katie Long dropping to the bench.

Dublin boss Mick Bohan has made two changes in personnel to the team that defeated Meath last time out.

Both switches are in defence, as Niamh Collins returns to captain the team from full-back, while Martha Byrne is named at centre half back.

RETURN…Geraldine McLaughlin starts ahead of Katie Long

Collins and Byrne replace Hannah Leahy and Rachel Brennan for the clash with Donegal, who have just one change in personnel from the team defeated by Mayo in their final group outing.

That first semi-final is followed at 3pm by the meeting of TG4 All-Ireland Senior Champions Meath and Mayo.

Meath manager Eamonn Murray has made four changes to the team that lost out to Dublin by just a point in a thrilling Páirc Tailteann clash.

Katie Newe, Orlagh Lally, Megan Thynne and Emma Duggan come into the team in place of Ailbhe Leahy, Kelsey Nesbitt, Orla Byrne and Ciara Smyth.

The Mayo team named by Michael Moyles shows two changes in personnel to the side that started the Donegal victory, as goalkeeper Aisling Tarpey comes in for Laura Brennan, while Éilis Ronayne replaces Saoirse Lally at corner back.

The Mayo-Meath clash is also live on TG4, as part of a LIDL NFL Division 1 semi-final double-header at St Tiernach’s Park, Clones.

Dublin (v Donegal): C Trant; J Tobin, N Collins (capt.), L Caffrey; A Kane, M Byrne, O Nolan; J Dunne, K McDaid; C O’Connor, N Owens, S Woods; H Tyrrell, N Hetherton, K Sullivan.

Donegal (v Dublin): R McCafferty; S McFadden, E McGinley, N Boyle; N Carr, F McManamon, T Hegarty; Nicole McLaughlin, R Rodgers; S White, Niamh McLaughlin (capt.), S Twohig; B McLaughlin, K Guthrie, G McLaughlin.

Mayo (v Meath): A Tarpey; É Ronayne, R Flynn, D Caldwell; C Needham, F McHale, K Sullivan (capt.); S Cafferky, A Geraghty; S Howley, S Walsh, S Mulvihill; L Cafferky, C Whyte, H Reape.

Meath (v Mayo): M McGuirk; K Newe, MK Lynch, O Duff; A Ennis (capt.), E Troy, A Cleary; M O’Shaughnessy, O Lally; M Thynne, A Leahy, E Duggan; V Wall, S Grimes, N O’Sullivan.

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