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Dubs get a radical overhaul for Mayo

JIM GAVIN has embarked on a radical team overhaul as Dublin seek to revitalise their Allianz Football League campaign against Mayo in Croke Park tonight (7.0).

The Dublin boss has made an eye-catching seven changes from the crew that succumbed in Derry, with several September starters back for this Division One showdown with their fellow All-Ireland finalists.

Four of his All-Ireland starters return. Rory O'Carroll makes his first league appearance at full-back, James McCarthy resumes at wing-back after missing the Derry game through illness, while Paul Flynn and Diarmuid Connolly – fresh from his All-Ireland club heroics with St Vincent's – beef up the half-forward division.

The most drastic surgery is performed in defence, with just two survivors from Celtic Park – Jonny Cooper and Darren Daly – and half-back promotions for Tomas Brady and former All Star Kevin Nolan.

The seventh alteration sees Kevin McManamon fit to reclaim his corner-forward place, but Bernard Brogan isn't deemed ready yet to start.

Meanwhile, it's all change for the Dublin hurlers too ahead of tomorrow's Division 1A relegation play-off in Waterford.

There are recalls for fit-again corner-back Paul Schutte (making his 2014 baptism) along with full-forward duo Paul Ryan and Mark Schutte, while positional switches include Shane Durkin moving to corner-back, Joey Boland to wing-back, Colm Cronin to midfield and Danny Sutcliffe to centre-forward.

DUBLIN (SF v Mayo): S Cluxton; J Cooper, R O'Carroll, D Daly; J McCarthy, T Brady, K Nolan; MD Macauley, C O'Sullivan; P Flynn, A Brogan, D Connolly; K McManamon, E O'Gara, P Andrews.

DUBLIN (SH v Waterford): G Maguire; S Durkin, P Kelly, P Schutte; J Boland, L Rushe, M Carton; C Cronin, J McCaffrey; C Keaney, D Sutcliffe, R O'Dwyer; P Ryan, M Schutte, A McCrabbe.


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