Despite speculation all week it has been confirmed that Alan Brogan will start in the Dublin team in Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo.
Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final will have a lot of work to do if it is to become as fascinating as last week’s game between Cork and Donegal.
The Munster v Ulster clash was an enthralling game of football and Dublin v Mayo will hope to be just as impressive, though neither set of fans will be too disappointed with a place in this month’s final courtesy of a boring victory.
Pat Gilroy has confirmed Alan Brogan will start at full forward alongside his brother Bernard, the two Brogans flanking Diarmuid Connolly who will play through the middle. Eoghan O’Gara will drop to the bench.
Whilst the news of Brogan may be a boost to a dormant Dublin side, so too will the decision by Gilroy to recall Ger Brennan at centre half back.
That move sees Cian O’Connor move to corner back and the unfortunate Philly McMahon must take his place on the replacements bench.
Brennan will add much needed steel to the Dubs defence and his presence in the half back line could decide the game.
Dublin have under-performed so far this year but they are only one game away from an All-Ireland final and the fact hasn’t eluded the players, who will be switched on and geared up for Sunday’s clash.
Mayo meanwhile have to negotiate a way past the Dubs without the services of star forwards Conor Mortimer and Andy Moran.
Whilst Mortimer’s absence may be down to his own bull-headedness Moran is an extremely more unlucky man to be missing the huge game.
Moran went off injured in the second half of the Connacht champions’ All-Ireland quarter-final victory over Down.
The Ballaghaderreen man will be sorely missed by James Horan as Moran was one of the true match-winners in the squad and he will be a tough act to follow.
Enda Varley replaces Moran at full forward and Liam McHale believes that belief is the key to Mayo’s attack producing a winning performance.
Moran’s replacement Varley is the only change, albeit an enforced one, to the Mayo team that beat Down in the quarter final.
Talking to the Irish Daily Mail, McHale said: “Kieran Shannon has the biggest job of the whole lot of the management in the last three weeks,” said the three-time runner up.
“Since the injury to Andy Moran, he has had to convince the younger players that they are good enough to go up against Dublin. That is the key.”