Thursday 21 September 2017

Brogan to start in Dubs' shot at history

'Brogan, 33 next month, was married last December and missed the early part of the year as some of Dublin's most experienced campaigners were granted an extended off-season.' Photo: Sportsfile
'Brogan, 33 next month, was married last December and missed the early part of the year as some of Dublin's most experienced campaigners were granted an extended off-season.' Photo: Sportsfile
Conor McKeon

Conor McKeon

Bernard Brogan will start his first inter-county match of 2017 tonight in Croke Park in a Dublin team primed to make history.

Roscommon, rooted to the foot of Division 1 with no points from five games and already relegated, stand between Dublin and a 35th unbeaten league and championship match, thus surpassing the record set by Kerry in 1933 and equalled by Jim Gavin's team last Saturday in Tralee. Brogan, 33 next month, was married last December and missed the early part of the year as some of Dublin's most experienced campaigners were granted an extended off-season.

Having been dropped for last October's All-Ireland final replay, the 2010 Footballer of the Year will be keen to make an immediate impression in a team that hasn't been beaten in either of football's primary competitions since March 15, 2015.

Brogan was one of three players demoted by Gavin between the drawn match with Mayo and Dublin's one-point victory a fortnight later. His selection tonight represents one of five changes to the Dublin starting 15 from the draw with Kerry.

The others, Paul Flynn, Cian O'Sullivan, James McCarthy and Kevin McManamon, are also four-time All-Ireland medallists, meaning 10 of the side that started the replay have been named to do so again tonight.

McCarthy, meanwhile, has been out since suffering a calf injury in February against Tyrone.John Small, who damaged his hamstring in Austin Stack Park, Michael Darragh Macauley, Conor McHugh, Darren Daly and Shane Carthy are the ones who make way.

Kerry have recalled Dr Crokes defender Fionn Fitzgerald after his All-Ireland club success last Friday for their trip to Cavan. Killian Young and Shane Enright are both ruled out through injury and Stephen O'Brien is promoted from the bench.

Mayo make two changes as they travel to face Tyrone. Defender Chris Barrett comes in for his first start of the year at the expense of Donal Vaughan, while Evan Regan replaces Conor Loftus in the attack.

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