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Brogan brothers named in Dublin full forward line for Allianz football final

Blues boss Jim Gavin has stacked his deck with attacking talent for Sunday’s clash with Derry.

Alan Brogan has been reunited with brother Bernard in Dublin's starting line-up.
Alan Brogan has been reunited with brother Bernard in Dublin's starting line-up.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

THE BROGAN BROTHERS, Alan and Bernard, have been named in Dublin’s starting line-up for Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division 1 final.

Dublin boss Jim Gavin has made three changes from the team he started against Cork in the semi final victory just under two weeks ago.

Cian O’Sullivan shifts into midfield for Declan O’Mahony while Nicky Devereux, a late replacement for O’Sullivan before the Cork semi, retains the No.6 jersey. Jason Whelan is out of the forward line, as is Kevin McManamon. Their places are taken by Bernard Brogan and Eoghan O’Gara.

Gavin says O’Sullivan has trained well all week and should be fit to start Sunday’s match in midfield. The Dublin bench has yet to be confirmed but Denis Bastick, who featured for his club [Templeogue-Synge Street] last weekend, should make it. The game comes too soon, though, for Dean Rock.

Gavin said, “Dean was outstanding for us last year. You know, the game we play, we don’t pay much attention to numbers on the backs of the players. Whether they finish or start is irrelevant in our team concept. So he was a big, big player for us last year. Please God, his recovery to play will go according to plan.” Ger Brennan will also miss out on the bench. The manager commented:

Ger was in good spirits and he was fit. There was just some work that he hadn’t done that he needs to do and I suppose the way the club All-Ireland series worked out, he missed that bank of work that we needed to get into him. That’s why he’s been taken off the programme for the moment. He’s on an individual programme with the athletic team but he’ll be returning to play quite soon.

Gavin has been trying to “dovetail” his U21 stars with his senior squad and trying to get meaningful game time for his young stars. He adds that eight of the U21 squad are ready to take the step up to championship football this summer.

DUBLIN: Stephen Cluxton; Philly McMahon, Rory O’Carroll, Jonny Cooper; James McCarthy, Nicky Devereux, Kevin Nolan; Michael Dara Macauley, Cian O’Sullivan; Paul Flynn, Paddy Andrews, Diarmuid Connolly; Alan Brogan, Eoghan O’Gara, Bernard Brogan.

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