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Cian O'Sullivan starts for Dublin in All Ireland final

Published 18/09/2015 | 21:39

Dublin's Cian O'Sullivan
Dublin's Cian O'Sullivan

Dublin's Cian O'Sullivan will start this Sunday's All Ireland final as Jim Gavin has named an unchanged team to face Kerry.

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O'Sullivan pulled up with a hamstring injury in the closing stages of the replay win over Mayo last week and had to be helped off the field at the end.

The former All Star has been a focal point at the heart of the Dublin defence all season as they adopted a more guarded approach so inclusion will give the Boys In Blue a big boost.

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has not been reluctant to make changes from game to game and that has placed a question mark over Kieran Donaghy's starting place despite his captaincy.

Donaghy was whipped off at half-time in the All-Ireland semi-final win over Tyrone, with his replacement Paul Geaney making a big impact, scoring two points and giving Kerry a different type of target.

The Kerry ace has responded well when his place has come under pressure in the past. There was uncertainty over whether he would make the team for the 2011 All-Ireland final against Dublin but he emerged as one of Kerry's most productive players that day.

 

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