Daly happy to stick with team that beat Cats

Dublin manager Anthony Daly has unsurprisingly named an unchanged team for Sunday's Leinster SHC final against defending champions Galway at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm).

Daly happy to stick with team that beat Cats

Dublin manager Anthony Daly has unsurprisingly named an unchanged team for Sunday's Leinster SHC final against defending champions Galway at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm).

Daly is backing the players who started the semi-final replay win over Kilkenny to do the business again, with David 'Dotsy' O'Callaghan, the one change from the drawn game, keeping his place at right corner forward.

Shane Durkin, Mark Schutte and Eamon Dillon all pointed as second half substitutes in the 1-16 to 0-16 victory in Portlaoise, and will have to be content with bench duty once again.

Speaking about the short turnaround between the Kilkenny and Galway matches, Daly told the Herald: "We did enjoy the few moments in the dressing room afterwards when we got in there on our own, but I think there was a real consciousness that the Leinster final was on the following week.

"So there was just no time to be wallowing in that stuff for a day or two. If you had three weeks, you could allow that...to go and have a pint even. But there was none of that because you just couldn't do that. It was just a matter of getting in 'final mode' straight away.

"That's just the way it is. It is going to be hard enough to be ready physically. But like mentally, if you allow yourself to lull and be in celebratory mood, you will find it very hard to be right for a week later. We knew that going down and the lads were good that way."

Meanwhile, Galway boss Anthony Cunningham has made two changes in personnel with David Collins resuming at wing back and James Regan will start in midfield. Aidan Harte and Andy Smith are the players to make way.

Damien Hayes scored two points as a first half substitute in the 2-17 to 1-13 semi-final defeat of Laois last month, but he has been unable to force his way back into the starting line-up.

Hayes, Smith and defenders Tony Og Regan and Niall Donoghue are the four absentees from the Galway team that won last year's provincial decider against Kilkenny.

"We in Galway are well aware of the challenge that's ahead. For us it's about getting our game right on the day, make sure we're operating well mentally and physically, make sure we stick to our game-plan and our style of hurling," Galway selector Mattie Kenny told the Irish Examiner.

"We're in a Leinster final, our aim is to go up to Dublin and give a very good performance. We think we're in a good position to give that performance, to take the Galway game to Croke Park. If we deliver that performance, the result can look after itself."

This is only the counties' third meeting in Championship history with Dublin having won all three previous clashes. They were 2-4 to 2-2 winners in the 1941 All-Ireland semi-final and took the 1924 final on a 5-3 to 2-6 scoreline.

However, all the interest regarding Sunday's showdown will focus on their most recent SHC encounter in 2011 when Dublin beat Galway in a Leinster semi-final tie by 0-19 to 2-7 in Tullamore.

DUBLIN (SHC v Galway): 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; David O'Callaghan, David Treacy, Paul Ryan.

GALWAY: James Skehill; Fergal Moore, Kevin Hynes, Johnny Coen; David Collins, Shane Kavanagh, Joseph Cooney; Iarla Tannian, James Regan; David Burke, Conor Cooney, Cyril Donnellan; David Glennon, Joe Canning, Niall Burke.

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