Sunday 25 September 2016

Gooch leads return of Fitzmaurice's heavy hitters for Kerry's crucial trip north

Published 23/02/2016 | 02:30

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has a number of his front-line players back in contention for Sunday's trip to Down with Colm Cooper, Marc ó Sé, Kieran Donaghy and team captain Bryan Sheehan in line to see action in Newry.

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The Kingdom have made an underwhelming start to the league after going down to Dublin in Croke Park before suffering a shock reversal at home to Roscommon in round two.

They head north to face Down who have also endured a miserable start to life back in Division 1 and while this tie is not quite in 'must-win' territory for the Kingdom given how Fitzmaurice has pulled them out of deeper holes in the league, they'll know a win will put them back on the right track.

"Obviously we have no team picked yet and we will have to see how the football goes this week," Fitzmaurice said. "But Marc ó Sé is back in the reckoning; Colm Cooper is back in the mix, as is Kieran Donaghy."

"Peter Crowley is also back in the reckoning but it's possibly a week or two too soon for him.

"Bryan Sheehan, Aidan Walsh and Denis Daly from the St Mary's team that won the All-Ireland Intermediate club, as well as the Templenoe pair of Tadhg Morley and Gavin Crowley are all back in and they will strengthen our hand."

However, Paul and Mikey Geaney, James O'Donoghue, Anthony Maher and Kieran O'Leary remain out.

Irish Independent

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