Galvin ready for Kingdom showdown with Dublin
Published 06/02/2010 | 05:00
KERRY boss Jack O'Connor has picked just five of the team that started last year's All-Ireland final for tomorrow's NFL Division 1 opener against Dublin in Killarney.
Tommy Griffin, Killian Young, Seamus Scanlon, Paul Galvin and Declan O'Sullivan are all retained, with Scanlon's inclusion one of three changes from the side that beat UCC in the McGrath Cup final.
Adrian O'Connell and Barry John Walsh are also included as Ger Reidy continues in goal and Kieran Donaghy lines out on the edge of the square.
Dublin hurling manager Anthony Daly has made three changes from the team that beat NUI Galway for the Walsh Cup tie with Wexford in Gorey today. Alan Nolan replaces Gary Maguire in goals while Niall Corcoran comes in at full-back for Colm Hennebry. Skipper Stephen Hiney also returns to the side.
Martin O'Brien, Ryan Jones and Terry O'Flanaghan make their league debuts for a Fermanagh side that is captained by midfielder James Sherry. Ronan and Rory Gallagher are also included.
In Meath, there was mixed news for the Rathkenny club. On the day it was announced that full-back James Macken will make his league debut for the county side against Armagh in Navan tonight, it also emerged that the club had lost their latest Leinster Council appeal against the decision of Royal County authorities expel them from the senior championship.
The row has been running since last September when Rathkenny beat Walterstown in a relegation play-off after an unauthorised period of extra-time. The game was re-fixed but Rathkenny failed to field and have since been expelled from the competition.
Galway football boss Joe Kernan will hand Michael Martin his league debut when the Tribesmen take on Mayo tomorrow. David O'Neill and Paddy Kennedy also get the nod but Padraic Joyce, Barry Cullinane, Matthew Clancy and Fiachra Breathnach are out through injury.
Dual star Eoin Cadogan starts at corner-back for Cork's footballers as they take on Monaghan in Scotstown while Daniel Goulding, Donnacha O'Connor and Colm O'Neill also return.
Reports that Tyrone attacker Colm McCullagh has retired from inter-county football appear wide of the mark. He appears to have been talked out of the decision to quit by Mickey Harte and is expected to be available for selection for the Round 2 clash with Mayo.
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