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Boland returns: Dublin no.6 straight back into action

FIT-AGAIN Joey Boland has been parachuted straight back onto the Dublin senior hurling team for tomorrow’s date with Leinster final destiny against Kilkenny at Croke Park (4.0).

Boland has been sidelined for the past two months with a dislocated shoulder – ironically suffered against the Cats during Dublin’s history-making League triumph in early May. But Anthony Daly has delivered a strong vote of confidence by restoring Boland to his usual centre-back position as the Sky Blues chase a first provincial crown in half-a-century.

Some may view his recall as a gamble, especially considering an earlier injury-enforced absence prior to the league final – but it’s also a measure of his importance to the Dublin set-up. Boland indirectly replaces his stricken Na Fianna clubmate, full-back Tomás Brady, while a second enforced change sees Simon Lambert promoted to wing-forward in place of the suspended Ryan O’Dwyer.

Liam Rushe reverts to midfield despite delivering a ‘Man of the Match’ display after being switched to centreback during Dublin’s semi-final win over Galway, while Peter Kelly will again fill Brady’s full-back boots. As expected, Kilkenny recall their own defensive talisman with eighttime All Star Tommy Walsh recalled at wing-back, having recovered from a recent shoulder problem.

DUBLIN (SHC v Kilkenny): G Maguire; N Corcoran, P Kelly, O Gough; J McCaffrey, J Boland, S Durkin; L Rushe, A McCrabbe; S Lambert, C Keaney, C McCormack; D O’Callaghan, P Ryan, P Carton.

KILKENNY: D Herity; N Hickey, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, P Murphy; M Fennelly, M Rice; TJ Reid, R Power, E Larkin; C Fennelly, H Shefflin, R Hogan.