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Walsh holds on to place as Kerry name unchanged side for final

Published 14/09/2011 | 05:00

Paul Galvin won't start in Sunday's All-Ireland football final against Dublin as Donnacha Walsh is preferred in the Kerry half-forward line.

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Speculation that Galvin would start has intensified ever since his introduction in the second half against Mayo in the semi-final.

But last night's team announcement brought good news for Walsh, who will start his first final after being dropped for the 2009 win over Cork.

Walsh had been moving as well as ever in training and when the Kerry management reviewed the Mayo game they felt he had done enough to survive.

However, leaving Galvin out from the start is a risk, though his contribution from the bench over the last 18 months has been highly impressive.

It is the first time that manager Jack O'Connor has named an unchanged team for any of the five All-Ireland finals under his stewardship. Any temptation there was to omit Kieran Donaghy for Galvin was resisted.

Like Walsh, Kieran O'Leary and Anthony Maher will also be starting their first All-Ireland finals.

Eoin Brosnan has won his fitness battle after turning awkwardly on an ankle last week. Intensive treatment over the last few days has brought him right back into the frame and he was named last night at centre-forward, where Barry Cahill, if selected for Dublin, would be a natural match up for him.

The Kerry management were not due to release their team until tomorrow night.

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