All-Ireland SFC quarter-final: Eoin Donnelly starts for Fermanagh

Eoin Donnelly battles with Westmeath's Paddy Holloway last weekend
Eoin Donnelly has been passed fit despite picking up a hamstring injury in the win over Westmeath last Saturday
All-Ireland Football Quarter-Final: Dublin v Fermanagh
Date: Sunday, 2 August Venue: Croke Park, Dublin Throw-in: 16:00 BST
Coverage: Live on Radio Ulster 1341 MW and the BBC sport website

Eoin Donnelly has been passed to start for a Fermanagh side that shows one change for Sunday's All-Ireland Football quarter-final against Dublin.

Captain Donnelly remains at midfield after overcoming a hamstring injury.

Ruairi Corrigan's return to the attack means that Declan McCusker switches to wing-back, with Marty O'Brien named at full-back and Tiarnan Daly losing out.

Dublin boss Jim Gavin has named an unchanged team from the Leinster Final with Kevin McManamon again included.

McManamon was substituted early in the provincial decider against Westmeath but retains his place at full-forward.

Dublin are being quoted as 1-200 to win by certain bookmakers and some pundits have said that a Fermanagh win would represent the biggest shock in GAA history.

However, Erne County boss Peter McGrath insists that the Dubs can be beaten.

"Every pundit and indeed virtually every person in the country will be saying that Dublin are raging, raging hot favourites and that we don't have a chance of living with them.

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Fermanagh's Declan McCusker

"But we firmly believe that we can compete with them if we can produce the kind of football we are capable of.

"We have some very, very good footballers and our attitude and mentality is strong and we will go to Croke Park with a lot of belief after the way we have performed in our recent games."

McGrath has told his Fermanagh side not to be overawed by Sunday's big Croke Park occasion when they will be playing in front of a vocal home crowd.

"We will be performing in front of 60,000 raucous fans and the noise is going to be there," said McGrath.

McGrath watched the DVD of Dublin's Leinster Final triumph on several occasions in advance of his team's win over Westmeath last weekend although the Erne boss acknowledges that he was focusing primarily on the Lakelanders.

From his perusals of Dublin's performances, McGrath agrees with the assessment that Jim Gavin's side have rowed back somewhat from the all-out attacking philosophy which came undone in dramatic fashion against Donegal in last year's All-Ireland semi-final.

Ruairi Corrigan celebrates after Fermanagh's win over Westmeath last weekend
Ruairi Corrigan returns to Fermanagh's starting line-up

"I've no doubt that Jim Gavin looked at what happened against Donegal last year and probably came to the conclusion that Dublin just can't adopt an all-out offensive approach in every game expecting to blow teams away," continued the Fermanagh boss.

"The way players are performing their roles has probably changed in a few positions but they are still capable of racking up big scores."

As for Fermanagh, don't expect any dramatic change of tactics this weekend.

"We have certain pillars in place in our team and we are not going to change that in six or seven days. That would be crazy."

As a final aside, McGrath jokes about statistics and history being on Fermanagh's side heading into Sunday's game.

"Somebody said on Twitter the other night that Dublin have never beaten Fermanagh in the championship and that I as a manager have a 100% record against Dublin in the championship.

"Granted...that was one game. The 1994 All-Ireland Final when Down beat Dublin."

Needless to say, Fermanagh have never met Dublin in a football championship game.

Dublin: S Cluxton; J Cooper, R O'Carroll, P McMahon; J McCarthy, C O'Sullivan, J McCaffrey; B Fenton, M D Macauley; P Flynn, C Kilkenny, D Connolly; D Rock, K McManamon, B Brogan.

Fermanagh: T Treacy; M Jones, M O'Brien, N Cassidy; D McCusker, R McCluskey, J McMahon; E Donnelly, R O'Callaghan; B Mulrone, R Jones, R Corrigan; P McCusker, Sean Quigley, T Corrigan.

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