Saturday 19 August 2017

Dubs edge our Kerry/Dublin Dream Team ahead of All-Ireland showdown

L-R - Stephen Cluxton, David Moran, Colm Cooper and Bernard Brogan
L-R - Stephen Cluxton, David Moran, Colm Cooper and Bernard Brogan

Michael Verney

With old rivals Kerry and Dublin set to clash on the biggest stage in Gaelic Football this Sunday, Independent.ie set about selecting a combined XV.

Based on form in this year's championship, there were some very difficult calls, with eight of Jim Gavin's side selected compared to seven from the Kingdom.

Gives us your thoughts and tell us who would you have on your dream team.

1. Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)

The revolutionary goalkeeper overcame a scare against Mayo and will undoubtedly exert a huge influence on Sunday's final.

2. Paul Murphy (Kerry)

Man-of-the-match in last year's final, the Rathmore man edges out Jonny Cooper for the corner-back spot.

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Karl Lacey, Donegal, in action against Paul Murphy, Kerry

3. Rory O'Carroll (Dublin)

Rarely troubled, quietly efficient and outrageously effective, the rock-solid full-back is the pillar of the Dublin defence.

4. Philly McMahon (Dublin)

Every team needs a steely defender like Philly McMahon, who edges out Shane Enright for the number four jersey.

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Phillly McMahon celebrates after scoring his side's second goal yesterday.

5. Peter Crowley (Kerry)

The 2014 All Star returned in his side's win against Tyrone and narrowly pips Dublin dynamo James McCarthy at half-back.

6. Cian O'Sullivan (Dublin)

The switch of Cian O'Sullivan to number six has had a big impact on the team. His sweeping role in front of the full-back line has provided extra security in the Dublin rearguard.

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Cian O'Sullivan, Dublin, in action against Cillian O'Connor, Mayo. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin

7. Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

The marauding wing-back has honed his defensive skills this season and is a candidate for Footballer of the Year.

8. Anthony Maher (Kerry)

Brian Fenton has been a revelation for Jim Gavin's side but Maher forms the best midfield partnership in football today.

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Anthony Maher, Kerry, fields the ball ahead of Alan OConnor, Cork.

9. David Moran (Kerry)

The 27-year-old is in the form of his life and dominates games with his high fielding, boundless energy and accurate foot passing. The complete midfielder.

10. Donnchadh Walsh (Kerry)

Paul Flynn's form has tailed off this season and Kerry's unsung hero gets the nod for his incredible work ethic and ability to bring his attacking team-mates into play.

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Donnchadh Walsh celebrates after winning last year’s All-Ireland final

11. Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin)

The Castleknock club man's return from injury this season has offset Flynn's dip in form and he pulls the strings from centre-forward. A consistent scorer to complement play-making ability.

12. Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin)

Failed to scale the heights against Mayo, which was understandable following the trials and tribulations in the lead up to the replay, but has the potential to be the best footballer in the country on his day.

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30 August 2015; Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin, score's his side's first goal from a penalty. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

13. James O'Donoghue (Kerry)

The 2014 Footballer of the Year is equally adept as scorer or creator and is key to the Kingdom's chances of claiming successive All-Ireland titles.

14. Colm Cooper (Kerry)

Gradually getting to grips with cruciate recovery and could set Croker alight once again this weekend. 

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Colm Cooper, Kerry, makes his way off the pitch at the end of the game

15. Bernard Brogan (Dublin)

6-19 from play in this year's championship says all you need to know about Dublin's inspirational attacker.

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