Gilroy sticks with winning formula

Gilroy sticks with winning formula

Dublin manager Pat Gilroy has decided not to tinker with the side that ended Armagh's summer run.

His charges face Louth in tomorrow's All-Ireland SFC fourth round qualifier (throw-in 5pm),

Gilroy made two changes before the start of last weekend's 0-14 to 0-11 win over the Orchard men, bringing Barry Cahill and Bryan Cullen into the line-up at the expense of Paul Flynn and Kevin McManamon.

Cahill and Cullen have retained their starting places at wing back and wing forward respectively, and team captain David Henry has again been named in the attack.

Competition for places is high in the Dublin panel, with McManamon, Flynn and Eamon Fennell, all point-scoring substitutes against Armagh, having to be content with bench roles again.

The experienced Darren Magee and Conal Keaney have also been kept in reserve for the Croke Park encounter.

2003 has been the only year the Dubs have failed to reach the All-Ireland quarter-finals since the qualifier system was introduced in 2001.

Given the form Louth showed during their impressive Leinster campaign, there is little fear that Gilroy's men will underestimate the Wee county side.

Louth will be eager to stop Dublin's talismanic forward Bernard Brogan from influencing tomorrow's game. In four Championship outings this summer, Brogan has scored 2-23 (0-9f).

The counties' last Championship clash was in 2008 when they met in a Leinster quarter-final which Dublin won by 1-22 to 0-12.

DUBLIN (SFC v Louth): S Cluxton; M Fitzsimons, R O'Carroll, P McMahon; K Nolan, G Brennan, B Cahill; R McConnell, MD Macauley; N Corkery, A Brogan, B Cullen; D Henry (capt), E O'Gara, B Brogan.

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