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Reilly back in fold for All-Ireland club final

PAUL CURRAN has kept change to a minimum for this Sunday's historic All-Ireland club SFC final date with St Brigid's at Croke Park (3.45).

The Ballymun Kickhams boss and his co-selectors have confined themselves to just one change against the Roscommon and Connacht champions, with Elliott Reilly restored to the starting line-up at corner-forward.

He replaces Conor Weir, who had been parachuted into the starting team for the Dublin kingpins' semi-final duel with Dr Crokes.

Reilly had been a mainstay of their Leinster campaign but was one of two players dropped for the All-Ireland semi.

The other change had seen Seán George - back from suspension and eventually back in starting favour - recalled at full-back and given how George fared in his pivotal duel with Colm Cooper, it's no surprise to see the Dublin All-Ireland U21 winner (of 2012) retained at No 3 this weekend.


This means that Philly McMahon's relocation to midfield continues for the biggest hour in his club's career. McMahon's switch to the engine-room proved something of a tactical masterstroke the last day, his foot-passing ability particularly to the fore during the first half when his excellent delivery set up Ted Furman for the game's only goal.

McMahon will partner fellow Dublin senior, James McCarthy, at midfield. McCarthy had been troubled by a leg injury recently but has been declared fit to start.

Elsewhere, Cookstown and Finuge have been asked by the Central Competitions Control Committee to submit their video footage of last month's All-Ireland intermediate club final as they investigate an alleged spitting offence against Paul Galvin.

This development development comes as a new video clip - showing a Finuge official and a Cookstown player embroiled in a heated incident - has also appeared on YouTube.

The 22-second clip shows the pair making aggressive head gestures; Cookstown claim the incident happened five minutes before Galvin was spat on.

BALLYMUN KICKHAMS (SF v St Brigid's): S Currie; Enda Dolan, S George, Eoin Dolan; A Hubbard, K Connolly, J Burke; J McCarthy, P McMahon; Davey Byrne, K Leahy, J Whelan; T Furman, D Rock, E Reilly.