Dubs unchanged for Cats clash

Dublin manager Anthony Daly has resisted the temptation to tinker with his team for Sunday's Leinster SHC semi-final against Kilkenny at O'Moore Park (throw-in 3.50pm).

Dubs unchanged for Cats clash

Dublin manager Anthony Daly has resisted the temptation to tinker with his team for Sunday's Leinster SHC semi-final against Kilkenny at O'Moore Park (throw-in 3.50pm).

The Dubs overcame Wexford at the second attempt last Saturday and despite the eight-day gap between matches, Daly has stuck with the same starting line-up.

That means there is no room for Shane Durkin, David 'Dotsy' O'Callaghan, Simon Lambert, Mark Schutte and Niall McMorrow who were all used as substitutes in the replay win over Wexford at Parnell Park.

Former captain Stephen Hiney replaced Durkin for the replay and retains his place at right half-back, while ace free-taker Paul Ryan, who took O'Callaghan's place after the drawn game, continues at top of the right.

Ryan was hugely influential last weekend with a 1-9 contribution, including eight pointed frees and a '65', and the Ballyboden St. Enda's clubman will need to be firing on all cylinders if Dublin are to down the Cats.

The counties are meeting for the fifth successive year in the Leinster Championship and Kilkenny have won the previous four by margins ranging from six points (2009 Leinster final) to 19 points (2010 Leinster semi-final).

Indeed, Dublin are chasing their first Championship win over Kilkenny since 1942. The Cats won 2-21 to 0-9 at the same stage of last year's Championship.

Daly has called on 13 survivors from that defeat in Portlaoise twelve months ago - the two new men in are Cuala duo Paul Schutte and David Treacy who take over from Tomas Brady, who has made the switch to football, and the aforementioned Durkin.

Praising the influence that players like Hiney and Ryan have on the team, full-back Peter Kelly told the Herald: "One of Paul's attributes is that he's clinical. Everything he goes for, he gets a score off it or he wins a free.

"I was delighted for him (that he scored so well against Wexford). I'm sure he wasn't far off man-of-the-match.

"Stephen is a massive leader on the team. Seeing him come out with some of those balls and even seeing him come back from that (cruciate) injury he had a couple of years ago, it's a great boost to the team."

He added: "All we can do is worry about ourselves. We will try and give Kilkenny a rattle and we're really look forward to it. We want to kick on again.

"We're not happy to put up a performance together and just try and play Kilkenny. We want to raise it again and raise our standard high and let Kilkenny try and reach us."

DUBLIN (SHC v Kilkenny): Gary Maguire; Niall Corcoran, Peter Kelly, Paul Schutte; Stephen Hiney, Liam Rushe, Michael Carton; Johnny McCaffrey, Joey Boland; Conal Keaney, Ryan O'Dwyer, Danny Sutcliffe; Paul Ryan, David Treacy, Conor McCormack.

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