Buckley and Joyce axed as Cody shuffles Kilkenny deck
Published 20/02/2016 | 02:30
Brian Cody has responded to last Sunday's disappointing defeat to Waterford by making four changes, including dropping Kieran Joyce and All-Star wing-back Cillian Buckley to the bench, as they welcome old rivals Tipperary to Nowlan Park tomorrow in round two of the Allianz NHL.
Robert Lennon is rewarded for his part in helping Bennettsbridge claim Intermediate club All-Ireland honours and comes in at No 6 for Joyce, while 2014 All-Ireland-winning captain Lester Ryan replaces Buckley at midfield.
The All-Ireland champions struggled up front against Waterford's sweeper system, hitting just 10 points in their four-point defeat, and Cody has taken action.
James Maher, who was introduced as a sub against the Déise, and St Patrick's Ballyragget attacker Kevin Kelly come in at the expense of Jonjo Farrell and Mark Kelly.
Cody's son Diarmuid keeps his place at half-back but there is still no starting berth for James Stephens clubmate Jackie Tyrrell, who looks like he will have an intense battle on his hands to regain his corner-back spot from Shane Prendergast.
Elsewhere, Waterford have made just one change to their side - Philip Mahony replacing Philip Power in the half-back line - for their clash with Cork in Pairc Ui Rinn tonight.
Ger Cunningham makes three switches for Dublin's clash with Galway at Parnell Park. Out go Joey Boland, Daire Plunkett and Paul Ryan, in come captain Liam Rushe, Colm Cronin and Shane Durkin, fresh from his exploits with the Ballyboden St Enda's footballers.
Daithi Burke, who failed a fitness test before Galway's clash with the Cork, is their only change and starts at full-back with John Hanbury moving to corner-back while Johnny Coen drops out.
In other news, former Kerry footballer Den Joe (DJ) Crowley passed away yesterday. The Rathmore clubman was a two-time All-Ireland winner and is famously credited with scoring 'the goal of the century' in their defeat of Meath in 1970.