Monday 23 October 2017

O'Donoghue returns for Kerry ahead of Cork test

Nine of the side which fell to Dublin in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final are present with O’Donoghue one of many familiar faces to return. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Nine of the side which fell to Dublin in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final are present with O’Donoghue one of many familiar faces to return. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice has named a strong side for their McGrath Cup tie with Cork tomorrow, including the return of 2014 Footballer of the Year James O'Donoghue after an injury-plagued 2016.

Nine of the side which fell to Dublin in last year's All-Ireland semi-final are present with O'Donoghue one of many familiar faces to return alongside Killian Young, David Moran and Donnchadh Walsh.

U-21 players Jason Foley and Tom O'Sullivan are given another chance to impress after last weekend's win over Tipperary, while Jack Savage stakes his claim at No 14.

Elsewhere, Meath boss Andy McEntee admits the Royals have a long road to travel to scale the heights of the past but he feels they can compete with the top teams in the near future.

Deluded

"I don't think anybody is deluded enough to think we are going to be winning All-Irelands straight away, but I think it is important that the likes of Meath and Kildare and teams like that, who have decent populations - it's important to be competitive," McEntee told gaa.ie.

Joe Sheridan makes his inter-county comeback under McEntee against Laois in the O'Byrne Cup tonight, but it will be in his new role as goalkeeper.

Meanwhile, Kerry legend Marc Ó Sé will take his first steps into management after the five-time All-Ireland winner was named joint-manager of An Ghaeltacht for 2017.

Ó Sé will continue to line out for the West Kerry side, however, with former team-mate Conall Ó Cruadhlaoich the other joint-manager while 2004 All-Ireland-winning captain Dara Ó Cinnéide will act as a selector.

KERRY (SF v Cork) - B Kelly; J Foley, M Griffin, K Young; B Ó Beaglaoich, P Crowley, T O'Sullivan; D Moran, T Morley; J Lyne, M Geaney, D Walsh; BJ Keane, Jack Savage, J O'Donoghue.

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