Kerry and Dublin square up

Always one of the great rivalries in Gaelic football, if not the greatest, Kerry and Dublin go head to head today for a place in the All-Ireland semi-finals.

Always one of the great rivalries in Gaelic football, if not the greatest, Kerry and Dublin go head to head today for a place in the All-Ireland semi-finals.

Today is the first time the sides have clashed since their 2001 championship meeting, which Kerry won in a replay following an epic encounter.

Páidi Ó Sé and Tommy Carr were in charge at the time and in the first game, Dublin looked set for victory until Maurice Fitzgerald kicked a magnificent equalising free from the sideline. Kerry won by a goal the following weekend.

Today's winners could face Ó Sé's Westmeath in the semi-finals, while Dublin disposed of Carr's Roscommon in the last qualifying round.

Jack O'Connor, who took over from Ó Sé in the Kingdom hot seat, is still unable to name talisman Seamus Moynihan in his side.

The Glenflesk man has not recovered from an ankle injury he sustained during the Munster semi-final win over Cork and has not even been named among the substitutes.

Kerry have made two changes in personnel from the side that defeated Limerick in the Munster final replay in Killarney.

Ballylongford clubman Paddy Kelly makes his senior championship debut against the Dubs today. The U21 star was hugely impressive in the Kingdom's recent U21 Munster football final trouncing of Waterford and has been chosen to partner Darragh Ó Sé at midfield. Liam Hassett is the player who makes way.

Another U21 star, Declan O'Sullivan, has recovered from a collarbone injury and will lead the attack, so Dara Ó Cinnéide goes to full-forward, flanked by Colm Cooper and Mike Frank Russell. Johnny Crowley drops to the bench.

Eoin Brosnan moves from midfield to right half-forward, O'Sullivan is at centre-forward, with Paul Galvin on the left wing.

Dublin are not expected to announce their line-up until minutes before throw-in but boss Tommy Lyons is expected to announce an unchanged line-up from that which defeated Roscommon.

Kerry will have to be mindful of ace attacker Jason Sherlock, who is in a rich vein of form, having scored 1-4 from right half-forward against the Westerners.

Dublin have altered their attack this year, with Ciaran Whelan moving to centre-forward from midfield and Ian Robertson back in favour at full-forward. The Dublin attack has scored five goals in this year's championship, while their defence has yet to concede. Kerry have scored four but conceded three.

However, history weighs in the Kingdom's favour. Kerry will be appearing in an All-Ireland quarter-final for the fourth successive year, the only county to reach the last eight every season since the new championship system was introduced in 2001, and have yet to be beaten at this stage of the competition.

KERRY (SF v Dublin): D Murphy; T O'Sullivan, M McCarthy, A O'Mahony; T Ó Sé, E Fitzmaurice, M Ó Sé; D Ó Sé, P Kelly; E Brosnan, D O’Sullivan, P Galvin; C Cooper, D Ó Cinnéide, MF Russell.

DUBLIN (SF v Kerry - probable): S Cluxton; B Cahill, P Christie, C Goggins; P Casey, B Cullen, P Griffin; D Homan, D Magee; J Sherlock, C Whelan, S Connell; A Brogan, I Robertson, C Keaney.

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