Two changes for Dublin U-21s

St Peregrine's clubman Robert McCarthy has been rewarded for his impressive cameo performance against Roscommon by being included in the Dublin team for tomorrow's Cadbury's All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championship final.

St Peregrine's clubman Robert McCarthy has been rewarded for his impressive cameo performance against Roscommon by being included in the Dublin team for tomorrow's Cadbury's All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championship final.

McCarthy came off the bench and scored three points from play to help the Dubs overhaul Roscommon in a well-contested semi-final which saw them run out as 2-10 to 0-8 winners.

For tomorrow's final against Donegal at Kingspan Breffni Park (throw-in 7pm), Dublin U-21 manager Jim Gavin has made two changes to that semi-final side.

Mark Coughlan, another substitute from the Roscommon game, and McCarthy come into the starting line-up, with Barry O'Rorke and David Quinn the players to make way.

Despite doubts over his shoulder injury, Johnny Cooper, the team captain, is set to start at right half-back, while Ted Furman, who had concerns over a leg injury, has been pencilled in on the forty.

Gavin, who has made a number of positional switches in attack, said: "Donegal are completely new opposition that we haven't met before. They're tough in the tackle. Their defensive work is second to none.

"So we will definitely have to have our 'A' game to be competitive on Saturday.

"We've fallen over the line in some games and used a bit of luck but they've shown great resolve never to give up.

"(The final) is unique for all of them. They just need to go out and enjoy it. That needs to be the message to all of them.

"They've aspired to play in an All-Ireland for their county from juvenile level. Now they've achieved that, they should go out and enjoy the occasion and be the best they can."

The Dubs have played four matches in this year's U-21 Championship. They beat Louth, Carlow and Westmeath on the way to the Leinster title, before two early goals set them on their way in the All-Ireland semi-final against the Rossies.

DUBLIN (U-21FC v Donegal): Vincent Whelan; Eoin Culligan, Rory O'Carroll, Darragh Nelson; Johnny Cooper (capt), James McCarthy, Nicky Devereux; Sean Murray, Cian Mullins; Mark Coughlan, Ted Furman, Gary Sweeney; Robert McCarthy, Dean Rock, Ciaran Dorney

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