Walsh, Galvin sweat on final start

KERRY’s Donnchadh Walsh is pressing hard to retain his All-Ireland final starting spot at the expense of former footballer of the year Paul Galvin.

Jack O’Connor and his selectors sit down today to finalise their final 15 for Sunday’s showdown with Dublin. And the big decision facing them is who will start in the half-forward line alongside Declan and Darran O’Sullivan.

Galvin has been impressive in training since the semi-final win over Mayo but Walsh has returned from a groin injury and made a big impression over the past two weeks.

So much so that, according to sources, he may get the nod to start.

Not starting such an influential personality as Galvin is a gamble of sorts, but there is a logical school of thought that suggests Kerry will get the best out of both if Walsh starts and Galvin is introduced. “Donnchadh has made it virtually impossible for the selectors not to pick him, but Galvin has been going extremely well. It’s a difficult call,” said one Kerry insider. “I’d say it’s very dangerous to make the assumption Paul will start.”

Kerry are confident Eoin Brosnan will recover from an ankle sprain, sending him for cryotherapy to speed the healing process.

KERRY probable (SFC v Dublin): B Kealy; T O’Sullivan, M. Ó Sé, K. Young; T. Ó Sé, E. Brosnan, A. O’Mahony; B. Sheehan, A. Maher; Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh/P Galvin; C. Cooper, K. Donaghy, K. O’Leary.

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