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Sunday 19 August 2018

Doyle made for role: Rainbow

KILDARE legend, Anthony Rainbow, has backed Kieran McGeeney's move to convert John Doyle from inside sniper into midfield tyro. The Lilywhites captain has, for the first time this year, actually been named in midfield, despite starting both of Kildare's previous championship matches in the centre.

McGeeney has announced an identical XV from that which started and eventually finished off Meath in the Leinster SFC quarter-final, the only positional alteration in the official line-ups is the switch of the Allenwood man to the number eight jersey and Tomás O'Connor taking his number 14.



REVELATION

"John Doyle has been a revelation in midfield over the last two games. So why change him?," asked Rainbow, who retired from the Lilywhite panel last year after almost two decades of service.

"Johnny's been playing super stuff at the moment and he seems to love the freedom of that centrefield role he's been playing. He finds space better than any other player playing that role at the moment."

Kildare management have resisted an immediate recall for the fit-again Daryl Flynn or, for that matter, Mikey Conway, who is set to make the bench for the first time in two years after battle chronic knee injury.

Brian Flanagan has again been named at centre-back but he is likely to swap with Morgan O'Flaherty before throw in.

MICHAEL John Tierney, meanwhile, has been handed an immediate opportunity to put his Leinster championship disappointment behind him after being handed a recall to the Laois team by manager, Justin McNulty.

Tierney, who starred in the league for the O'Moore men and was named in the official selection for the opening provincial round clash with Dublin before being left out on match day, has been picked at corner-forward in one of two changes to the Laois attack.

Donie Kingston will make his first competitive start of the year at full-forward with Dáithí Carroll and Billy Sheehan the ones to lose out. Veteran, Pádraig Clancy, comes into midfield with Kevin Meaney moving to full-back and Mark Timmons reverting to the bench.

WESTMEATH talisman, Dessie Dolan, has been selected to start Saturday's All-Ireland qualifier clash with Antrim after showing signs of shaking off the hamstring injury which has dogged him since the defeat to Wexford two weeks back.

Dolan has been named at corner-forward in an attack which also includes Aussie-bound, John Heslin, for the first time in a championship match.

KILDARE (SF v Dublin): S Connolly; A MacLochlainn, M Foley, H McGrillen; G White, B Flanagan, E Bolton; J Doyle, H Lynch; M O'Flaherty, E O'Flaherty, E Callaghan; A Smith, T O'Connor, J Kavanagh.

LAOIS (SF v Tipperary): E Culliton; C Healy, K Meaney, P O'Leary; D Strong, S Julian, P McMahon; P Clancy, B Quigley; C Begley, J O'Loughlin, N Donoher; R Munnelly, D Kingston, MJ Tierney.

WESTMEATH (SF v Antrim): G Connaughton; M Curley, A Finnan, K Gavin; D Corroon, K Martin, J Dolan; D Duffy, D Daly; G Egan, J Heslin, D Harte; C Lynham, D Glennon, D Dolan.

MAYO (SF v Galway): R Hennelly; T Cunniffe, A Feeney, K Higgins; R Feeney, D Vaughan, T Mortimer; S O'Shea, A O'Shea; K McLoughlin, A Dillon, A Moran; C O'Connor, A Freeman, J Doherty.

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