Friday 15 December 2017

WATCH - Pat Spillane and Joe Brolly were quite taken by Diarmuid Connolly's vest and his physique

Diarmuid Connolly of Dublin warms up prior to the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Diarmuid Connolly of Dublin warms up prior to the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
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Both Jim Gavin and Stephen Rochford have made changes to their starting XV for today's All-Ireland final.

Eoghan O'Gara starts for Dublin in place of Niall Scully and is expected to be deployed at the edge of the square.

There had been rumours pre-game that Paul Flynn would play at wing-forward but they failed to materialise.

Diarmuid Connolly took to the field for the warm-up in a sleeveless top, different from all of his compatriots and Meath legend Colm O'Rourke claimed on RTE's The Sunday Game that it was a sign the St Vincent's man was unimpressed to be benched for the biggest game of the year.

"If I had a body like that, I'd be wearing a vest too," Joe Brolly said.

"That is what the physiique of an inter-county player is now. They are professional in everything but being paid. They are complete athletes. Biceps triceps. Oh gee!," Pat Spillane added.

Mayo will start with Paddy Durcan instead of Diarmuid O'Connor.

Dublin (SFC v Mayo): Stephen Cluxton; Philly McMahon, Cian O’Sullivan, Michael Fitzsimons; Jonny Cooper, John Small, Jack McCaffrey; Brian Fenton, James McCarthy; Ciaran Kilkenny, Con O’Callaghan, Eoghan O'Gara; Paul Mannion, Paddy Andrews, Dean Rock.

Mayo (SFC v Dublin): David Clarke; Brendan Harrison, Donal Vaughan, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Chris Barrett, Colm Boyle; Seamus O’Shea, Tom Parsons; Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’Shea, Paddy Durcan; Jason Doherty, Cillian O’Connor, Andy Moran.

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