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Thursday 22 March 2018

O'Sullivan drafted in by Kingdom after Galvin loses fitness battle

C Foley

KERRY's footballers will face arch-rivals Cork on Sunday without their talismanic half-forward and 2009 Player of the Year Paul Galvin.

He picked up an ankle ligament injury a fortnight ago and has not recovered in time, but worries about centre-back Mike McCarthy have been allayed as he has been selected. Galvin's place at right half-forward goes to Darran O'Sullivan in the only change from the team which beat Tipperary in Munster's opening round.

Cork boss Conor Counihan has given his teak-tough captain Graham Canty the onerous job of marking Kieran Donaghy.

There was some speculation that dual star Eoin Cadogan, who starred for the Rebel hurlers at full-back last week, might get the job but the Douglas player has been named on the bench and regular half-back Canty is Cork's choice at full-back.

Jamie O'Sullivan, who played full-back in the league final, moves out to No 4 and Ray Carey holds the other corner-back spot.

Injury-worry Aidan Walsh starts in midfield and upfront the only change is the return of Pearse O'Neill from injury.

Kildare will start without Dermot Earley for tomorrow's Leinster opener against Louth. He is, however, named on the bench after failing to recover fully from a knee injury. Veteran Anthony Rainbow has not been given a starting place either.

Westmeath manager Pat Flanagan has caused a stir by not selecting Dessie Dolan to take on Wicklow in Sunday's Leinster quarter-final at Tullamore.

Dolan only recently returned to the county squad after refusing to play for previous boss Brendan Hackett.

Wicklow feature three changes from the side who dispatched Carlow first time out. Ciaran Hyland returns from injury, Paddy Dalton replaces the injured Dean Odlum and JP Dalton returns to a starting berth in midfield.

Stradbally's Robert Ahearne returns to the Waterford footballers' full-forward line in their only change to the side to face Limerick.

KERRY (SF v Cork) -- B Kealy; M O'Se, T Griffin, T O'Sullivan; T O'Se, M McCarthy, K Young; S Scanlon, M Quirke; Darran O'Sullivan, Declan O'Sullivan, D Walsh; C Cooper, K Donaghy, B Sheehan.

CORK (SF v Kerry) -- A Quirke; R Carey, G Canty, J O'Sullivan; N O'Leary, M Shields, P Kissane; A O'Connor, A Walsh; P O'Neill, D O'Connor, P Kelly; D Goulding, C Sheehan, P Kerrigan.

KILDARE (SF v Louth) -- S McCormack; H McGrillen, G White, E Bolton; M O'Flaherty, B Flanagan, K Cribben; D Flynn, D Whyte; J Kavanagh, J Doyle, R Sweeney; A Smith, P O'Neill, E Callaghan.

LOUTH (SF v Kildare) - N Gallagher; E McAuley, D Finnegan, R Greene; R Finnegan, M Fanning, J O'Brien; P Keenan, B White; A McDonnell, M Brennan, A Reid; C Judge, S Lennon, JP Rooney.

WESTMEATH (SF v Wicklow) -- G Connaughton; F Boyle, D O'Donoghue, J Gaffey; M Ennis, K Martin, D Harte; D Duffy, PBannon; J Smyth, C Lynham, A Gaughan; P Greville, M Flanagan, D Glennon.

WICKLOW (SF) -- M Travers; S Kelly, D O hAnnaidh, A Byrne; C Hyland, B McGrath, D Hayden; J Stafford, JP Dalton; L Glynn, T Hannon, N Mernagh; P Dalton, S Furlong, P Earls.

WATERFORD (SF v Limerick) -- T Wall; M O'Gorman, T O'Gorman, K Connery; T Grey, S Briggs, E Walsh; M Ahearne, T Prendergast; B Wall, C McGrath, W Hennessy; L O'Lionan, R Ahearne, G Hurney.

SLIGO (SF v Mayo) -- P Greene; C Harrison, N McGuire, R Donovan; K Cawley, B Phillips, J Davey; T Taylor, S Gilmartin; M Breheny, A Costello, E O'Hara; C McGee, K Sweeney, D Kelly.

WESTMEATH (SH v Kildare) -- P Burke; R Whelan, A Price, O Price; J Shawan, A Mitchell, D McCormack; L Smyth, J Clarke, E Loughlin; B Murtagh, S Bardon; A Dermody, B Leharte, D Carthy.

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