Sherlock and Whelan to start for Dublin

Jason Sherlock and Ciarán Whelan will return to the Dublin starting line-up on Saturday as Paul Caffrey's side go in search of some much-needed NFL points against Cork (Parnell Park, throw-in 7.30pm).

Jason Sherlock and Ciarán Whelan will return to the Dublin starting line-up on Saturday as Paul Caffrey's side go in search of some much-needed NFL points against Cork (Parnell Park, throw-in 7.30pm).

The experienced duo will be making their first starts for the Dubs since last year's All-Ireland SFC semi-final defeat to Mayo, and in Sherlock's case, the game will mark his first appearance of the season.

Former AllStar Whelan, who came off the bench against Donegal last time out, has recovered from a niggling rib injury to feature in the floodlit Division 1A clash.

Whelan will slot in at midfield alongside Darren Magee, with newcomer Ross McConnell being switched from midfield to full-back.

The Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh clubman, who only made his league debut last month, will don the number-three jersey with Niall O'Shea dropping to the bench.

O'Shea had has six consecutive games at full-back but McConnell did begin the season in the position in Dublin's O'Byrne Cup win over DCU in January.

In all, Caffrey has made four changes in personnel to the side that lost 0-9 to 0-5 against Donegal.

There are three alterations up front with Sherlock, team captain Collie Moran and Bernard Brogan all coming into the side. Derek Murray, David O'Callaghan and Kevin Bonner are the players to make way.

Some notable positional switches see Paul Griffin and David Henry trading corner-back berths, Alan Brogan, Bernard's older brother, named at centre-forward, alongside the recalled Moran, while Tomás Quinn moves to right corner forward.

DUBLIN (NFL v Cork) - S Cluxton; P Griffin, R McConnell, D Henry; B Cahill, B Cullen, G Brennan; D Magee, C Whelan; C Keaney, A Brogan, C Moran; T Quinn, J Sherlock, B Brogan.

Subs: J Leonard, N O'Shea, C Goggins, P Casey, S Ryan, J Magee, D Murray, D Connolly, D O'Callaghan, K Bonner.

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