Wednesday 29 March 2017

Gilroy keeps the faith as injury doubt Flynn named in line-up

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

DUBLIN boss Pat Gilroy has named Paul Flynn in an unchanged team for tomorrow's mouth-watering final clash with Kerry, but it remains to be seen if the all-action wing-forward does start.

Flynn tore his hamstring in the dying minutes of their semi-final defeat of Donegal and question marks have persisted since over whether he has fully recovered, especially after rumours that the Fingallians star was forced to pull up in training last weekend.

But the Sky Blues have been insistent that he will make it and named him yesterday.

If Flynn doesn't start it is expected that Kevin McManamon, who did well off the bench against Donegal, will replace him.

There is similar speculation that Kerry may yet pull a pre-match surprise and make some changes before throw-in.

Eyebrows were raised when Kingdom boss Jack O'Connor announced his team and former Footballer of the Year Paul Galvin was left on the bench.

Galvin has had little game-time this year because of repetitive injuries, but is so influential that there is a chance that O'Connor may yet start him.

vigilant

Meanwhile, Kerry legend Eoin Liston has warned his native county that their full-back line must be more vigilant than they were in their semi-final.

"Too often this year Kerry's full-back line has been exposed," warned 'The Bomber'.

"Mayo got five clearcut goal chances and failed to take them, but the Brogans and Diarmuid Connolly will not be so wasteful."

Yet Liston believes that Kerry's overall defensive teamwork has improved hugely this year and credited that improvement to the arrival of Donie Buckley, the ex-Limerick trainer, to their backroom.

"He has brought a new intensity to Kerry's defensive game and their tackling is ferocious.

"It has brought an added dimension to their play this season," said the former Kingdom great who has tipped his county "to shade it."

Some other greats from both counties will feature in a Dublin Legends against a Rest of Ireland Legends team (at 5.15) during the Blue September Kilmacud Sevens today.

Mick O'Dwyer is swapping allegiances temporarily to manage a Dublin side that will include Ciaran Whelan, Jason Sherlock and Paul Curran.

Their opposition, managed by Sean Boylan and captained by Darragh O Se, include Kieran McGeeney, Trevor Giles and Conor Mortimer.

Irish Independent

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