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Gilroy makes six changes for Down clash

Dublin manager Pat Gilroy has made six changes to his team for tomorrow's clash against Down at Croke Park.

Stephen Cluxton returns in goal while Philly McMahon, Nicky Devereux and Kevin Nolan come into the defence in place of Darren Daly, Sean Murray and Paul Casey. Bryan Cullen and Alan Brogan return to the forward line with Michael Dara McAuley and Bernard Brogan dropping out from the team that played Mayo.

Paul Galvin and Declan O'Sullivan will both start their first game of the season when an experimental Kerry take on relegation-threatened Monaghan in Division 1 on Sunday.

The Kingdom are resting Colm Cooper, Tomas O Se, Eoin Brosnan and Donnchadh Walsh. Bryan Sheehan is injured and Tom O'Sullivan has the flu.

Galvin made his first appearance of the year off the bench against Armagh last time out.

Kerry have a radically reshaped defence, with Marc O Se, Padraig Reidy and Adrian O'Connell lining out in a new-look full-back line, and Killian Young replacing Brosnan at centre-back. David Moran replaces Seamus Scanlon in midfield.

In Division 2, Kildare boss Kieran McGeeney has named an unchanged side to face Tyrone.

The Ulster champions have lost Cathal McCarron (torn hamstring), but former All Star Philip Jordan is expected to make his first appearance this year. Veteran Brian Dooher, who will be starting his 16th season for the Red Hands, is also listed among the subs.

Meanwhile, Cork's Colm O'Neill has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury it was confirmed last night. O'Neill underwent surgery yesterday to repair the damage after jarring the knee in their last league match against Galway.

In his absence Fiachra Lynch moves into full-forward for Sunday's game against Mayo and Donncha O'Connor comes in at top of the left. James Fitzpatrick replaces Nicholas Murphy to partner Alan O'Connor in midfield and in defence Jamie O'Sullivan starts at full-back.

In Division 4, Barry Mulroone returns from suspension to bolster Fermanagh's beleaguered footballers against Clare.

Irish Independent