Jim Gavin stays faithful to his original Dublin starting 15 for All Ireland Replay Against Kerry this evening
Dublin v Kerry
Saturday, September 14th. 6:00pm
Croke Park, Dublin
Here we go again. Two weeks that have felt like an eternity for Dublin fans has finally passed. And tonight, every one of those football fans will be hoping they’re celebrating a unique piece of history.
Jim Gavin’s side are still on course to be the first team in history to lift the Sam Maguire for the fifth consecutive season. Peter Keane’s young Kerry side tried their best to throw a spanner in the works two weeks ago but thankfully Dublin held their collective nerve to finish out on a draw.
The last couple of times Dublin were in this situation in championship action, the encore swung well and truly in their favour. Some of the performances were well below the level we’ve come to expect, and that rarely happens on the second time of asking.
For today’s game, Jim Gavin has stuck with the hand he dealt a fortnight ago, keeping the same Dublin starting 15. Jonny Cooper will get the opportunity to right the wrong of his red card, along with on positional switch in the front six.
This is Dublin and Kerry’s third meeting this year. Back in the Allianz League in February, Dublin came away from Tralee on the losing end of a 2-14 to 1-18 scoreline. But two weeks ago, with the stakes a lot higher, the sides delivered a truly entertaining game in front of a sold out Croke Park.
We go again this evening.
Dublin Starting 15 (v Kerry)
1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnell’s)
2. David Byrne (Naomh Olaf)
3. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)
4. Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna)
5. Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf)
6. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)
7. John Small (Ballymun Kickhams)
8. Brian Fenton (Raheny)
9. Michael Darragh Macauley (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
10. Niall Scully (Templeogue Synge Street)
11. Ciarán Kilkenny (Castleknock)
12. Brian Howard (Raheny)
13. Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes)
14. Con O’Callaghan (Cuala)
15. Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams)