Gaelic Football

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Fitzmaurice names three debutants for Kerry's Clare opener

Colm Keys

Published 18/06/2014|02:30

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Paul Geaney, Kerry, has never started a championship game
Paul Geaney, Kerry, has never started a championship game

Kerry have named one of their most inexperienced championship teams in modern times for their first game against Clare in Sunday's Munster semi-final.

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Manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice hands debuts to three players – goalkeeper Brian Kelly, corner-back Paul Murphy and half-forward Stephen O'Brien – while, two more, the Geaney cousins from Dingle, Paul and Michael, have never started a championship game.

Fionn Fitzgerald will captain the side as the only starting representative from county champions Dr Crokes.

Killian Young is also recalled after sustaining a horrific ankle injury preparing for last year's All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin.

Young missed the entire league campaign, but is named at centre-back. The bench is backed up with experience, however, with Kieran Donaghy recovered form a dislocated shoulder sustained seven weeks ago and his fellow veterans Aidan O'Mahony and Donnchadh Walsh also included.

Interestingly, Marc ó Sé is selected at full-back, despite playing most of his league football at half-back.

David Moran and Anthony Maher from the midfield partnership after a promising league, while Byran Sheehan is restored to centre-forward.

As expected James O'Donoghue is not in the side, but Declan and Darran O'Sullivan are both included in attack.

Kerry – B Kelly; P Murphy, M O Se, S Enright; P Crowley, K Young, F Fitzgerald; A Maher, D Moran; Darran O'Sullivan, B Sheehan, M Geaney; S O'Brien, Declan O'Sullivan, P Geaney.

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