Dublin unchanged for Leinster final

Defending champions Dublin will boast an unchanged team for Sunday's Leinster SFC showdown with Offaly (Croke Park, throw-in 4pm).

Defending champions Dublin will boast an unchanged team for Sunday's Leinster SFC showdown with Offaly (Croke Park, throw-in 4pm).

Dubs supremo Paul Caffrey has decided to keep the faith with the side that saw off Laois by a handsome 3-17 to 0-12 in the semi-final.

Ciaran Whelan and Shane Ryan continue their midfield partnership, despite Darren Magee's return to fitness. Magee has been included amongst the substitutes after recovering from a wrist injury.

Fit-again stars Paddy Christie and Colin Moran are also down for bench duty. Moran is Dublin's captain this season but has failed to feature so far due to a groin problem.

There are positional switches from the Laois game in attack, although there are likely to be further changes right before the throw-in.

St. Brigid's attacker Kevin Bonner has switched positions with Ray Cosgrove, who scored 1-3 against Laois. Cosgrove has been pencilled in at left half-forward with Bonner, who father Seamus played for Donegal, named as full-forward.

Jason Sherlock and Mossie Quinn, who struck 2-3 in the semi-final, have also swapped wings as corner forwards.

Dublin are bidding to become the first team to retain the Leinster title for 11 years. The Dubs won four Leinsters in a row between 1992 and 1995, but since then, the Delaney Cup has been shared out between six counties - Meath, Offaly, Kildare, Dublin, Laois and Westmeath.

The last Offaly-Dublin final went the way of the capital men in 1983 when they won by five points.

DUBLIN (SFC v Offaly) - S Cluxton; D Henry, B Cahill, P Griffin; P Casey, B Cullen, C Goggins; C Whelan, S Ryan; C Keaney, A Brogan, R Cosgrove; J Sherlock, K Bonner, T Quinn.

Substitutes: J Leonard, P Andrews, D Magee, D O'Callaghan, S Connell, M Vaughan, D Lally, S O'Shaughnessy, P Christie, C Moran, B Brogan, G Norton, N O'Shea, D O'Mahony, D Bastick.

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