The rise and rise of the Dublin Hurlers continues apace on Sunday with both seniors and Minors taking on Kilkenny in their respective Hurling finals.
It is a sign of the times in Dublin that Hurling is fact catching up with the more popular football as the county enjoys the fruits of the hard work that has gone on the build up the sport in the county.
Kilkenny however represent a massive test for Shay Boland and his team. The Dublin manager has kept faith with the same starting 15 from last weekend for the game in Croker with a 2pm throw in.
The Dubs defeated Westmeath 1-16 to 2-07 in their semi-final last Saturday in Parnell Park with a goal from sub Oisin O’Rorke and some strong performances from Aodhán Clabby, Cormac Costello, Conor McHugh and Glenn Whelan helping to seal victory in the final minutes. Despite his goal scoring appearance O’Rorke will have to once again contend with a place on the bench.
Kilkenny had a tough start to their minor campaign overcoming an impressive Westmeath with two late points before they ran out six-point winners over Wexford (2-19 to 2-13) in their semi final.
Kilkenny manager Adrian Ronan will once again be looking to Kevin Kelly to lead them from the front, the young forward has scored goals in both games so far this year, while Robert Moran, who scored a goal in the game against Wexford does not make the starting line up.
A salient point to be seen form the Daly revolution that has completely changed Dublin hurling is that the county are in all three provincial finals.
Hurling is now fast approaching the participation levels in the capital as football and if, and it is a big if, the young Dubs overturn Minor kingpins, the Cats, then it will really signal a sea change in the Hurling standings.
Boland is looking for the Dubs fans to forego their traditional late arrival and cheer on the Minors who go in search of their first Minor title since 1965.
DUBLIN (MHC v Kilkennny): Cormac Ryan; Eric Lowndes, Cian O’Callaghan, Seán McClelland; Chris Crummy, Jamie Desmond, Matthew McCaffrey; Colm Cronin, Glenn Whelan; Emmet Ó Conghaile, Conor McHugh, Ciaran Kilkenny; Cormac Costello, Aodhán Clabby, Paul Winters.
Kilkenny team: Aaron Duggan, Jack Mc Dowell, Ciaran Doyle, Enda Morrissey, Kevin Walsh, Diarmuid Cody, Owen McGrath, Conor O Shea, Chris Bolger, Peter Vickery, Peter Kenneally, Kevin Kelly, Thomas O’Hanrahan, Conor Martin Emeralds, Richie Reid
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