Friday 24 November 2017

Dublin and Kerry name their teams for Saturday night League crunch

Mark Griffin of Kerry in action against Cillian O'Connor of Mayo at Austin Stack Park in Tralee. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Mark Griffin of Kerry in action against Cillian O'Connor of Mayo at Austin Stack Park in Tralee. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Conor McKeon

Conor McKeon

DUBLIN will attempt to inflict further torment on Kerry in Tralee tonight with high praise from Éamonn Fitzmaurice chiming in their ears.

Fervent talk all week has focused on Jim Gavin’s (above) team potentially equalling the 34-game unbeaten League and Championship record set by Kerry in 1933 should they avoid loss in Austin Stack Park this evening (7.0).

Fitzmaurice, who has lost seven times to Dublin in the eight matches between the teams in his tenure, has insisted that Dublin are “beatable,” but admitted: “it is incredible what they are doing.”

“Their level of consistency, their level of performance week in, week out, year in, year out is unbelievable,” he stated ahead of tonight’s sold-out clash.

“Every team is beatable. They are beatable. We know we are close. We have been getting closer and closer. We’ll keep going until we get there.”

Jim Gavin, meanwhile, has named an identical team to that which started the impressive 12-point victory over Mayo in Croke Park last week.

Kerry make two changes from their victory over Ros’ with Mark Griffin returning to the defence with Paul Murphy selected in attack where he is joined by Adrian Spillane, Barry John Keane and the injured James O’Donoghue are the absentees.

DUBLIN (SF v Kerry): S Cluxton; P McMahon, M Fitzsimons, D Byrne; D Daly, J Small, E Lowndes; B Fenton, MD Macauley; N Scully, D Rock, SB Carthy; C Kilkenny, E O’Gara, C McHugh.

KERRY (SF): B Kealy; S Enright, M Griffin, R Shanahan; P Crowley, T Morley, K Young; D Moran, J Barry; A Spillane, P Murphy, D Walsh; K McCarthy, P Geaney, J Savage.

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