Sunday 28 May 2017

Galway star set for surprise return to hurling panel - and a 5,000km commute to play for his county

 

6 September 2015; Jonathan Glynn, Galway, reacts after the final whistle. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Jonathan Glynn, Galway, reacts after the final whistle. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE

Michael Verney

Eamonn Fitzmaurice has opted for youth as Kerry bid to knock Dublin off their perch in tomorrow's Allianz FL Division 1 final (4.0), but there is a first appearance of the year for former Footballer of the Year Kieran Donaghy in the match-day squad.

Jonathan Lyne is the only change to the Kingdom side which beat Tyrone last weekend, replacing Barry John Keane, as fresh faces like Ronan Shanahan, Tadhg Morley and Kevin McCarthy are given further opportunity to impress in Croke Park's cauldron against the all-conquering Dubs.

Experience is in abundance on the line, however, with Bryan Sheehan and Darran O'Sullivan kept in reserve, while 'Star' Donaghy returns from basketball commitments having guided the Tralee Warriors to Champions Trophy success last weekend.

It remains to be seen whether Donaghy (left) will be pitched into action with no game-time under his belt, but it's another statement of intent from Fitzmaurice with a feisty encounter expected as they seek to end their losing streak against the Dubs dating all the way back to their 2009 All-Ireland quarter-final victory.

In the meantime, their great rivals have streaked ahead and tomorrow they will be attempting to set new records as victory would extend their unbeaten run in league and championship to 37 games and see them become the first county to win seven of eight national titles over five seasons.

Elsewhere, Jonathan Glynn is set to make a sensational return to the Galway hurling fold with Micheál Donoghue set to recall the towering forward, who will commute from his living and working base in New York.

Glynn has made the 3,000-mile trip home to play for his club Ardrahan in the Galway SHC today, where they play Tynagh-Abbey/Duniry, but he will then go above and beyond the call of duty by rejoining the county squad on Monday night before departing for the Big Apple later that week.

Glynn last featured for the Tribesmen in their 2015 All-Ireland SHC final loss to Kilkenny before moving Stateside where he represented New York in the Connacht SFC last year, but it is understood the 23-year-old will do everything possible to line out for Galway and his addition could be the difference as they bid to end their All-Ireland famine.

KERRY (SF v Dublin) - B Kealy; F Fitzgerald, M Griffin, R Shanahan; P Crowley, T Morley, P Murphy; D Moran, A Maher; J Lyne, M Geaney, D Walsh; K McCarthy, P Geaney, S O'Brien.

Irish Independent

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