Monday 26 September 2016

Colm Cooper to make first start of the season for Kerry's trip to Mayo

Published 11/03/2016 | 20:12

Kerry forward Colm Cooper
Kerry forward Colm Cooper

Éamonn Fitzmauirce has made three changes to the Kerry team that beat Donegal for Sunday’s league clash with Mayo at McHale Park.

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Returning from injury, Colm Cooper makes his first start of the campaign in place of the suspended Alan Fitzgerlad as Fitzmaurice continues his policy of goalkeeper rotation by drafting in Brendan Kealy for Brian Kelly, while Johnny Buckley replaces Denis Daly in the half forward line.

The list of substitutes is notable for the return from long term injury of Michael Geaney who joins the match day squad for the first time since the All Ireland Quarter Final against Kildare last year, and Kieran O’Leary who resumes having missed all of last year’s championship campaign, both absences due to injury.

Tommy Walsh, Killian Young and David Moran are still nursing knocks and are not part of the match day panel.

Kerry team to face Mayo

1. Brendan Kealy 2. Marc Ó Sé  3. Mark Griffin  4. Shane Enright  5. Peter Crowley 6. Aidan O’Mahony  7. Fionn Fitzgerald  8. Kieran Donaghy 9. Bryan Sheehan (C)  10. Johnny Buckley 11. Paul Murphy 12. Donnchadh Walsh  13. Darran O’Sullivan  14. Colm Cooper 15. Stephen O’Brien

Replacements

16. Brian Kelly  17. Denis Daly  18. Padraig O’Connor  19. Barry John Keane  20. Aidan Walsh  21. Pa Kilkenny 22. Brendan O’Sullivan  23. Philip O’Connor  24. Michael Geaney 25. Jonathan Lyne  26. Kieran O’Leary

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