Dublin to field much-changed side against Cork06/04/2012 - 14:34:13
Dublin manager Pat Gilroy has reacted to his team's poor showing against Mayo by making wholesale changes for Sunday's Allianz Football League final round clash with Cork.
Only eight players from the side that lost 0-20 to 0-8 to Mayo last weekend have retained their starting spots - Rory O'Carroll, Cian O'Sullivan, James McCarthy, Kevin Nolan, Michael Darragh Macauley, Bryan Cullen, Diarmuid Connolly and Kevin McManamon.
This weekend's meeting at Páirc Uí Chaoimh (throw-in 2.30pm) is a repeat of last year's Division 1 final.
The All-Ireland champions face a tough task especially as they are without the injured Alan Brogan (calf), Bernard Brogan (knee), Eoghan O'Gara (groin) and Barry Cahill (toe).
In addition, Paul Flynn, who was red carded against Mayo, is suspended for the trip to Cork.
The changes in personnel see Michael Savage return in goal and Philly McMahon and Johnny Cooper will both start in defence.
There is a new-look midfield combination as Seán Murray and Eamon Fennell pair up, while Davy Byrne and Craig Dias have been added to the right side of the attack.
Gilroy's men are fourth in the table but could still reach the semi-finals if they win on Leeside and other results go their way. A draw with the Rebels might also been enough for them to progress.
DUBLIN (v Cork): Michael Savage; Cian O'Sullivan, Rory O'Carroll, Philly McMahon; Johnny Cooper, James McCarthy, Kevin Nolan; Seán Murray, Eamon Fennell; Davy Byrne, Michael Darragh Macauley, Bryan Cullen; Craig Dias, Diarmuid Connolly, Kevin McManamon.
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