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Aidan O'Mahony recalled as Kerry drop saviour Fitzgerald

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Published 17/07/2015 | 02:30

Kerry’s drawn Munster final saviour Fionn Fitzgerald is among the casualties as the All-Ireland champions once again ring the changes for a 2015 Championship match
Kerry’s drawn Munster final saviour Fionn Fitzgerald is among the casualties as the All-Ireland champions once again ring the changes for a 2015 Championship match

Kerry's drawn Munster final saviour Fionn Fitzgerald is among the casualties as the All-Ireland champions once again ring the changes for a 2015 Championship match.

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Eamonn Fitzmaurice's reputation for having the courage of his convictions with team selection is franked by his latest extensive makeover as four starters from the drawn game lose out.

In addition to Fitzgerald, scorer of a dramatic late equaliser 12 days ago, out go current All-Star centre-back Peter Crowley and Stephen O'Brien and Barry John Keane in attack.

Keane scored two points in the second quarter the last day and had shown electrifying form in training but Geaney's case for inclusion was even more compelling.

In a clear nod to the requirement for a more physical approach, Aidan O'Mahony is recalled for his first start since the All-Ireland final at full-back, while Anthony Maher is paired with David Moran at midfield as Bryan Sheehan switches to centre half-forward.

The current Young Footballer of the Year Paul Murphy is drafted into the half-back line for Crowley after replacing him late in the drawn game.

Fitzmaurice and his management team made five changes from the victory over Tipperary in the Munster semi-final and this is almost as extensive as they seek the right formula.

There is no place for Colm Cooper once again, while Paul Galvin has made the replacements after recovering from injury and could see his first piece of competitive action since coming out of retirement earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Cork have named an unchanged team, Brian Cuthbert refusing the temptation to start Paddy Kelly who made such an impact the last day.

Irish Independent

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