Treacy to start for Dubs

David Treacy will line out at top of the left of Dublin when they take on Tipperary in tomorrow's Allianz Hurling League semi-final at Semple Stadium (throw-in 2pm).

Treacy to start for Dubs

David Treacy will line out at top of the left of Dublin when they take on Tipperary in tomorrow's Allianz Hurling League semi-final at Semple Stadium (throw-in 2pm).

Treacy takes over from 'flu victim Paul Ryan as the Dubs, having secured promotion with their one-point Division 1B final defeat of Limerick, chase their second Division 1 title in three years.

Treacy's inclusion is the only change in personnel manager Anthony Daly has made.

There had been speculation that Joey Boland would move to centre back, but he has been been named at midfield with Liam Rushe, the man-of-the-match against Limerick, staying put as Dublin's defensive lynchpin.

Conal Keaney is kept at wing forward while goalkeeper Gary Maguire, who injured his Achilles tendon in training, is fit enough for a place on the bench.

The Dubs are bidding to reach the top flight decider for the first time since 2011 when they were crowned champions.

It was mission accomplished in terms of gaining promotion this time around, and Dublin sharpshooter David 'Dotsy' O'Callaghan says they will use the semi-final as 'a test to see exactly where we are at'.

"The objective this year was to get promotion and bounce back straight away. We're just delighted to have achieved that so far," O'Callaghan told the Irish Examiner.

"It's a great opportunity now to go down to Thurles on Sunday and take on Tipperary, who are in great form, a test to see exactly where we are at.

"After the successful year we had (in 2011), maybe we got carried away a bit and started to think things might just happen without putting in the hard work.

"Mentally, lads were maybe thinking about getting to All-Ireland finals and going a step further than the year before.

"I don't think we were shying away from any of the work on the field or anything. But it could be that, psychologically, we were drifting away from what is required at this level because if you're even just a couple of percent off, any team will beat you."

Dublin (v Tipperary): Alan Nolan; Peter Kelly, Paul Schutte, Ruairi Treanor; Michael Carton, Liam Rushe, Shane Durkin; Joey Boland, Simon Lambert; Conal Keaney, John McCaffrey, Danny Sutcliffe; Conor McCormack, David O'Callaghan, David Treacy.

Subs: Gary Maguire, Kevin Byrne, Niall Corcoran, Eamon Dillon, Jack Doughan, Oisin Gough, Stephen Hiney, Sean McGrath, Niall McMorrow, Ryan O'Dwyer, Paul Ryan.

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