Boland and Lambert to start for Dubs

Joey Boland will make his first appearance of the summer for Dublin in tomorrow's Leinster SHC final against Kilkenny at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm).

Joey Boland will make his first appearance of the summer for Dublin in tomorrow's Leinster SHC final against Kilkenny at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm).

Boland has proven his fitness after coming back from the shoulder injury he sustained in May's Allianz Hurling League final win over Kilkenny.

The Na Fianna clubman slots in at centre-back, with Peter Kelly continuing at full-back where he filled in after Tomás Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury against Galway recently.

Simon Lambert, a first half substitute in the victory over the Tribesmen, has been named in the half-forwards in place of the suspended Ryan O'Dwyer.

Former footballer Conal Keaney is positioned at centre-forward. Free-taker Paul Ryan, who has scored 1-21 in two Championship outings, will be flanked by David O'Callaghan and Peadar Carton in the full-forward line.

The Division 1 champions are hoping to end the capital's wait for their first Leinster SHC title since 1961.

Kilkenny had the upper hand in the 2009 Leinster final (2-18 to 0-18) and last year's provincial semi-final (4-19 to 0-12), but Anthony Daly's men have been on top so far this year.

The 2011 season has been much more successful for Dublin. They beat Kilkenny in the Walsh Cup and Allianz Hurling League finals while drawing with the Cats in their Division I group clash.

Tomorrow kicks off Dublin's bid for three provincial hurling titles. For the first time, the Metropolitans have reached the Leinster senior, Under-21 and minor hurling finals in the same year.

DUBLIN (SHC v Kilkenny): Gary Maguire; Niall Corcoran, Peter Kelly, Oisin Gough; John McCaffrey (capt), Joey Boland, Shane Durkin; Liam Rushe, Alan McCrabbe; Simon Lambert, Conal Keaney, Conor McCormack; David O'Callaghan, Paul Ryan, Peadar Carton.

Subs: Alan Nolan, Michael Carton, David Curtin, Cian McBride, Maurice O'Brien, Declan O'Dwyer, Daire Plunkett, Liam Ryan, Shane Ryan, Paul Schutte.

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