Wednesday 22 March 2017

Colm Cooper and Paul Galvin named on Kerry bench to face Tyrone

Kingdom stars set for return

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

Colm Cooper
Colm Cooper

COLM Cooper and Paul Galvin are both included in Kerry's match-day panel for their must-win last round NFL clash with Tyrone on Sunday.

"There is a lot of competition to get into the 26 so we would not be taking them, unless we felt that they could contribute on Sunday," manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice said last night. "Depending on the type of game, depending on what we need, you could see one or both of them for sure."

If Cooper comes off the bench it will be his first appearance since a torn cruciate 13 months ago while Galvin only came out of retirement last month.

Sunday's game Omagh is a relegation battle for both teams even though Kerry could also make the semi-finals if they won and other results went their way.

Fitzmaurice has made three changes from the side beaten by Monaghan. Brendan Kealy returns in goal, Paul Murphy replaces Pa Kilkenny in defence and Bryan Sheehan is back after a rib injury to replace the hamstrung Paul Geaney.

But Tyrone also have their talisman back in the shape of captain Sean Cavanagh - back starting after a knee injury confined him to coming off the bench last week - and goalkeeper Niall Morgan is also fit to start.Ryan McKenna comes in for Ronan O'Neill and Conor Clarke makes way for Cavanagh.

Paul Galvin is back for the Kingdom
Paul Galvin is back for the Kingdom

Monaghan are unchanged for Dublin's visit to Clones while Mayo have made just one change to face Donegal - Kenneth O'Malley replaces David Clarke in goals.

U21 commitments and the fact that they've already clinched a semi-final spot sees Cork make wholesale changes against relegation-bound Derry.

Elsewhere Tipperary have not yet ruled out taking Seamus Callanan's case to the Central Appeals Committee in a bid to getting him back for the NHL semi-final against Waterford.

He was sent off against Offaly last weekend and his appeal to the Central Hearings Committee this week was unsuccessful.

Tipperary secretary Tim Floyd indicated that they will look at the procedures adopted by the Hearings Committee and see if there are grounds there to take the appeal further.

KERRY (SF v Tyrone) - B Kealy; P Murphy, M Griffin, S Enright; J Lyne, P Crowley, K Young; A Maher, D Moran; A Fitzgerald, B Sheehan, J Buckley; S O'Brien, K Donaghy, BJ Keane.

TYRONE (SF v Kerry) - N Morgan; A McCrory, R McNamee, C McCarron; R McNabb, J McMahon, P Harte; C Cavanagh, P McNulty; T McCann, M Donnelly, R McKenna; D McCurry, S Cavanagh, C McAliskey.

MONAGHAN (SF v Dublin) - R Beggan; K Duffy, D Wylie, R Wylie; F Kelly, V Corey, K O'Connell; N McAdam, D Hughes; D Mone, P Finlay, O Duffy; D Malone, K Hughes, C McManus.

MAYO (SF v Donegal) - K O'Malley; G Cafferkey, K Keane, K Higgins; L Keegan, C Boyle, D Vaughan; B Moran, T Parsons; K McLoughlin, A O'Shea, J Doherty; M Ronaldson, D Kirby, A Dillon.

CORK (SF v Derry) - K O'Halloran; N Galvin, M Shields, Tom Clancy; Tomas Clancy, S O'Donoghue, C Dorman; F Goold, P Kelly; J O'Rourke, M Collins, Barry O'Driscoll; D Goulding, P Kerrigan, J Hayes.

DERRY (SF v Cork) - E McNicholl; O Duffy, N Holly, K Johnston; L McGoldrick, C McAtamney, M McIver; M Lynch, F Doherty; SL McGoldrick, D Heavron, E Lynn; B Heron, T O'Brien, J Kielt.

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