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Gilroy finally hits on Blue formula

PAT Gilroy will name an unchanged team for the first time this summer tomorrow morning when he reads out his starting 15 to face Donegal in Sunday's All-Ireland SFC semi-final.

The Dublin boss finally found his most effective Blue formula before the seven-point defeat of Tyrone three weeks back and after months of tinkering with his team, Gilroy has no hard decisions to make.

The return to fitness of Eoghan O'Gara provides him with a powerful attacking option off the bench but after amassing a combined 0-15 (1f) against Mickey Harte's men, Diarmuid Connolly, Alan and Bernard Brogan are set to pit their wits against the stingiest defence in Ireland.

And while Gilroy's midfield has been in a constant state of flux in 2011, Denis Bastick's tour de force last time out and the return to fitness of Michael Darragh Macauley after a finger injury means Gilroy will call for the same again in his engine room.

Cian O'Sulivan's shock selection for Tyrone after months of injury paid massive dividends for the Dublin boss and the Kilmacud Crokes man is again set to keep Philly McMahon and Paul Conlon out of the full-back line.

Donegal, meanwhile, have doubts over defender Paddy McGrath and veteran Michael Hegarty.

3COMAN GOGGINS: PAGE 61

3JIM McGUINNESS: PAGES 62-63


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