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Sunday 18 February 2018

Fitzmaurice recalls Donaghy for Kingdom's crunch Cavan clash

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice makes a point to Kieran Donaghy during a training session ahead of Sunday’s showdown
Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice makes a point to Kieran Donaghy during a training session ahead of Sunday’s showdown
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

KIERAN DONAGHY has been recalled to the Kerry team for Sunday's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final clash with Cavan.

Donaghy who was surprisingly omitted from the side that saw off Cork in the Munster final, is included in the full-forward line in place of James O'Donoghue, who misses out on a place in the match-day squad with a hamstring injury he aggravated against the Rebels.

Manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice makes one other change, with Fionn Fitzgerald preferred to Mark Griffin in defence. The Dr Crokes man made his debut against Tipperary earlier this year and has been restored to the starting side for the last-eight tie.

Meanwhile, former Cork star Donal Og Cusack has identified gambling as one of the biggest issues facing players. As the racing festival in Galway holds the attention of thousands, the GPA chairman warned about the ease at which players can now place bets and the effect it can have.

"Watching things the way they changed over my career, one of the things that I couldn't get over near the end of it was how gambling almost became part of the discussion," he said.

"People are talking about games and odds have become almost part of the narrative of the whole thing."

Last year, Offaly star Niall McNamee spoke of his gambling addiction and Cusack is keen that GPA members are fully aware of the consequences.

"I think education is the key – that players understand what can happen, how they can get drawn into it. Thankfully, there's a players' association there and we've been talking about this for a couple of years and getting information out to our players to let them know there's a structure there to deal with it."

Cusack was speaking at the launch of the 'Freestyle Hurling' competition which offers the chance to travel to China with the hurling All Stars later this year. Full details are available at

Kerry (SF v Cavan) – B Kealy; F Fitzgerald, M Ó Sé, S Enright; T Ó Sé, K Young, P Crowley; A Maher, J Buckley; P Galvin, C Cooper, D Walsh; Declan O'Sullivan, K Donaghy, Darran O'Sullivan.

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