Dubs keep changes to a minimum as Ryan drafted into attack
TIPPERARY may yet rue a comment made by the Kilkenny captain last weekend which has added fuel to Dublin's fire ahead of tomorrow's All-Ireland SHC semi-final.
"There was an interview with Michael Fennelly after the Waterford match where he said that performance wouldn't be good enough to beat Tipp," said Dublin boss Anthony Daly.
"Obviously that's the way we're looked at but that won't bother us at all," he added, stressing that cutting out the supply line for Tipperary's goal-machine will be their prime focus.
"You don't score seven goals in the Munster final without having something a bit special about you but we'll be hell bent on stopping that at source," Daly said.
Daly made one change in personnel last night from the team that beat Limerick. Liam Ryan has come in at full-forward at the expense of Maurice O'Brien, while Alan McCrabbe partners Johnny McCaffrey in midfield and Ryan O'Dwyer is back at centre-forward.
Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins, who will be making a record 66th championship appearance, has survived a late injury scare after getting a sliothar in the eye at close range at training on Thursday night.
Elsewhere, insiders have played down speculation that Leinster Council is contemplating building a 25,000-capacity provincial ground to serve counties in north Leinster whose own venues are struggling to meet increasingly stringent health and safety restrictions.
Leinster's recent five-year strategy (2010-2015) included plans to undertake a feasibility study for such a project and this will be carried out in the coming year.
But given the economic downturn it's unlikely that the province will sink millions into a new stadium when investment may be needed more urgently at grassroots level.
Meanwhile, former Down minor star Caolan Mooney has travelled to Melbourne two months earlier than planned to prepare for his Australian Rules career.
The 18-year-old -- who came on as a sub for the Down seniors in the defeat to Cork -- has opted not to play for Rostrevor in the club championship because he wants to acclimatise to his new surroundings.
"I want to get out and start training full-time," said Mooney, who has signed a two-year contract with Collingwood.
Mooney was one of Ulster's most exciting prospects, starring for St Colman's College of Newry in their back-to-back MacRory Cup successes.
DUBLIN (SH v Tipperary) -- G Maguire; N Corcoran, P Kelly, P Schutte; M Carton, J Boland, S Durkin; J McCaffrey, A McCrabbe; C McCormack, R O'Dwyer, L Rushe; D O'Callaghan, L Ryan, P Ryan. Subs: A Nolan, P Carton, D Curtin, S Lambert, M O'Brien, D O'Dwyer, D Plunkett, S Ryan, D Sutcliffe, R Trainor, R Walsh.