Just back in and I’ve an early start in the morning so this is just a quick one to record the fact that Dublin announced their starting fifteen for Sunday earlier on and, in doing so, that Jim Gavin made one – wholly expected – change, with Philly McMahon replacing Kevin O’Brien at corner-back. Apart from that, it’s the same side that started against Kerry in the semi-final and is as follows:
Dublin (All-Ireland SFC final v Mayo, 22/9/2013: Stephen Cluxton (Parnell’s); Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams), Rory O’Carroll (Kilmacud Crokes), Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna); James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams), Ger Brennan (St Vincent’s), Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf); Michael Darragh Macauley (Ballyboden St Enda’s), Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes); Paul Flynn (Fingallians), Ciarán Kilkenny (Castleknock), Diarmuid Connolly (St Vincent’s); Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes), Paddy Andrews (St Brigid’s), Bernard Brogan (St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh).
Like ourselves, Dublin have opted not to name their bench at this stage.
Twelve of that team named to start on Sunday also lined out from the start in our league semi-final clash back in April (we have nine survivors on Sunday from then) – Kevin O’Brien, Darren Daly and Jason Whelan are the three to lose out from then, with Philly McMahon, Rory O’Carroll and Ciarán Kilkenny replacing them. The Dubs have ten survivors (we have nine) from last year’s All-Ireland semi-final between the counties, with Mick Fitzsimons, Kevin Nolan, Eamonn Fennell, Denis Bastick and Bryan Cullen being replaced on Sunday by Philly McMahon, Jonny Cooper, Jack McCaffrey, Paul Mannion and Paddy Andrews.
To sleep, perchance to dream and all that.