McGeeney opts for same Kildare side against Derry

With no fresh injury worries, Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney has selected an unchanged team for tomorrow's All-Ireland SFC fourth round qualifier against Derry.

With no fresh injury worries, Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney has selected an unchanged team for tomorrow's All-Ireland SFC fourth round qualifier against Derry.

McGeeney emptied his bench for last weekend's win over Meath, but none of the players have been able to force their way into the starting line-up.

For tomorrow's clash at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm), Daryl Flynn will continue to deputise for the injured Hugh Lynch in the Lilywhites' midfield.

Speculation that an in-form James Kavanagh would displace Fionn Dowling at corner forward has proven wide of the mark.

Selector Niall Carew told the Kildare Nationalist: "Daryl had a tremendous game for us (against Meath) and that will bring him on for the next day. We were very lucky to have a player of Daryl's calibre to come on when Hughie got injured.

"James is a quality player but he needs to play at that level if we are to achieve anything. The last two games he has been excellent, way above how he played in the League and other Championship games."

McGeeney's men beat Derry by 2-17 to 1-9 in last year's All-Ireland qualifiers, while the Oak Leafers gained some revenge in February with a 0-13 to 0-11 Division 2 victory in Newbridge.

Kildare captain John Doyle is on the cusp of a piece of GAA history. Should he get on the scoresheet against Derry tomorrow, it will be the 50th consecutive Championship match that he has scored in.

Incredibly, the last time he failed to score in a Championship fixture was in the 2000 All-Ireland semi-final against Galway.

The Allenwood ace, who has taken on a midfield role this summer, is his county's leading scorer in the 2011 Championship with 2-15.

KILDARE (SFC v Derry): Shane Connolly; Aindriú Mac Lochlainn, Michael Foley, Hugh McGrillen; Gary White, Morgan O'Flaherty, Emmet Bolton; John Doyle (capt), Daryl Flynn; Padraig O'Neill, Eoghan O'Flaherty, Eamonn Callaghan; Robert Kelly, Tomás O'Connor, Fionn Dowling.

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