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Saturday 18 August 2018

Only title will do for Blues boss

PAT Gilroy has admitted that doubts about Dublin's character will persist until such time as Sam Maguire is resting in the capital.

Gilroy mounted an impassioned defence of his squad's character after their League final collapse to Cork but despite coming through a gruelling semi-final with Donegal, the Dublin boss maintains only a victory against Kerry on Sunday will quiet the sceptics.

"I think some of the questions were answered but as I said after the League final, until we have won an All-Ireland, we will always have to listen to people questioning our character," he told the Herald. "I would hold that is still the case."

Dublin are expected to name the same team that started against Donegal in the All-Ireland semi-final when the official line-up is announced tomorrow morning but doubts persist about the fitness of Paul Flynn.

The Fingallians man hobbled off with a hamstring injury late in the second-half of Dublin's two-point victory and faces a late fitness test.

Dublin supporters are set to turn Croke Park blue after receiving a ticket boost last night. Ticket-starved clubs were informed by the county board that they would receive a significant boost to their allocations.

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