McGeeney keeps the faith for clash against Cork

Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney has selected an unchanged team to face Cork in Sunday's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final tie.

Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney has selected an unchanged team to face Cork in Sunday's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final tie.

The Lilywhites reached the last eight with a comfortable 0-13 to 0-4 qualifier win over beaten Connacht finalists Sligo last weekend.

McGeeney used five substitutes during that game, but Padraig O'Neill, Dermot Earley, Eamonn Callaghan, Seanie Johnston and Gary Whyte have been unable to force their way into the starting line-up.

Kildare return to Croke Park as a battle-hardened unit following five Championship outings, including three qualifier successes against Cavan, Limerick and Sligo in recent weeks.

Speaking about their approach to the Cork match, Kildare captain John Doyle said: "We are where we want to be, but at the start of the year you don't think like that. It's an old cliché but it's all about the next game and that's the way it is.

"The journey has to start with the first step and then when it's coming every week you just have to get the result and move on and work hard for the week and learn something.

"You have to try to keep on top of your game because what worked well for us against Sligo won't necessarily work well the next day."

This is the fifth successive season that Kildare have emerged through the back door route, but McGeeney's men have struggled so far at the quarter-final stage.

Of their four previous All-Ireland quarter-finals, Kildare have only won one - beating Meath on a 2-17 to 1-12 scoreline two years ago.

Last summer they were knocked out of the last-eight by Donegal after extra-time, while Cork and Tyrone toppled them in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

KILDARE (SFC v Cork): Shane Connolly; Ollie Lyons, Peter Kelly, Hugh McGrillen; Emmet Bolton, Morgan O’Flaherty, Eoin Doyle; Michael Foley, Robert Kelly; Eoghan O’Flaherty, Mikey Conway, Alan Smith; John Doyle (capt), Tomás O’Connor, James Kavanagh.

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