Monday 16 September 2019

Bernard Brogan and Eoghan O'Gara miss out on matchday 26 as Diarmuid Connolly named on Dublin bench

Bernard Brogan says he is in the best shape of his life. Photo: Sportsfile
Bernard Brogan says he is in the best shape of his life. Photo: Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick

Bernard Brogan has been left out of Dublin's 26 man match squad for today's All-Ireland final showdown against Kerry.

The former Footballer of the Year came on as a second half substitute in the Super 8 qualifier against Tyrone but didn't make the cut for the semi-final against Mayo. It is the second year in a row that Brogan hasn't made the match day squad for the All-Ireland final.

As expected, Diarmuid Connolly – who started the game against Tyrone and was introduced at the end of the Mayo match – is in the squad and will wear number 18 shirt but there is no place in the substitutes for either Eoghan O'Gara or Rory O'Carroll.

Veteran Darren Daly replaces Eric Lowndes while there is a surprise call up for Peadar O Cofaigh Byrne who replaces another rookie Sean Bugler. Although generally a midfielder, the 6'6" Cuala man could potentially add some height to the Dublin set-up should Kerry boss Peter Keane utilise Tommy Walsh in a similar manner to the semi-final win over Tyrone.   

There are no surprises on the Kerry bench with Walsh wearing number 21 but it remains to be confirmed whether Kerry will line out as selected. It is expected that Dublin will stay true to the team Jim Gavin announced on Saturday.

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