Gavin experiments in big Kerry test

Peter Keane: First test against Dublin

IT’S the biggest rivalry in the GAA but despite the fact that it is the most anticipated encounter in the National League campaign, Jim Gavin has named a largely experimental side for tonight’s clash with Kerry at Austin Stack Park (7.00pm).

Last year Dublin triumphed in Croke Park and in 2017, in a welter of excitement, Kerry beat them in a cracking National League final so all eyes will be on how they shape up for Peter Keane’s first test against the city slickers.

Gavin has left out seven of the team that started in last season’s All-Ireland final against Tyrone and familiar faces missing from the starting 15 include Stephen Cluxton. Philly McMahon, Cian O’Sullivan, Ciaran Kilkenny, Jack McCaffrey, Con O’Callaghan and Brian Howard.

Evan Comerford is in goal with Mick Fitzsimons and Jonny Cooper joined in the full back line by Liam Flatman of Kilmacud Crokes

The Dublin midfield has a very familiar look with Brian Fenton – the son of a Spa man – alongside James McCarthy while Gavin will be relying on the experienced Paul Mannion, Dean Rock and Cormac Costello to deliver in attack.

Dublin: Evan Comerford, Mick Fitzsimons, Jonny Cooper, Liam Flatman, Eric Loendes, John Small, Eoin Murchan, Brian Fenton, James McCarthy, Sean Bugler, Paul Mannion, Nial Scully, Dean Rock, Cormac Costello, Ryan Basquel.

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