Monday 5 December 2016

Sheehan gets Kerry recall as record crowd beckons

Published 22/04/2016 | 02:30

Bryan Sheehan looks set to start for Kerry in Sunday’s league final with Dublin. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
Bryan Sheehan looks set to start for Kerry in Sunday’s league final with Dublin. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

Bryan Sheehan has regained his starting place for Kerry ahead of Sunday's league final with Dublin.

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Sheehan replaced the injured Johnny Buckley after just 19 minutes in the recent semi-final with Roscommon. Buckley has recovered sufficiently to be named among the substitutes.

Goalkeeper Brendan Kealy comes back in for Brian Kelly as Kerry continue their rotation policy. Otherwise, manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice names the same team which enjoyed such a comfortable passage.

Kieran O'Leary is included among the substitutes having overcome the Achilles trouble that he suffered while on last year's warm-weather training camp in Portugal.

Kerry have selected nine of the team that started last year's All-Ireland final. Kieran Donaghy, Sheehan, Paul Murphy and Darran O'Sullivan all came off the bench that day.

Anthony Maher and James O'Donoghue have not resumed training with the team.

Colm Cooper is playing just his 60th league game on Sunday, having clocked in for 82 championship games.

The GAA announced yesterday only a small number of tickets remain for Sunday's games, ensuring a crowd of 70,000 plus which could push it beyond the record attendance for a league final, 70,126 for Dublin and Down in 1964.

Irish Independent

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