Saturday 18 November 2017

Colm Cooper starts for Kerry as Eamonn Fitzmaurice springs selection surprises for Dublin showdown

Kerry's Colm Cooper (SPORTSFILE)
Kerry's Colm Cooper (SPORTSFILE)
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Colm Cooper will start at centre forward for Kerry against Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final this Sunday at Croke Park.

The Kingdom have lost three straight championship encounters to Dublin, as well as the league final in April, and Eamonn Fitzmaurice is under pressure to come up with some tactical tweaks to change that form line this Sunday.

To that end, he has opted to start Cooper at centre forward, All Star corner back Paul Murphy at wing forward and has gone with a midfield pairing of Kieran Donaghy and David Moran.

Captain Bryan Sheehan misses out in midfield, but he, along with fellow All Star Anthony Maher, are strong reinforcements to have on the bench.

It won't be known if this is how the team will line out until the first whistle on Sunday, but Fitzmaurice might be hoping that Cooper can rediscover the playmaking form that he showed against Dublin in the semi-final in 2013, when the eight-time All Star sliced Jim Gavin's men open with a myriad of incisive passes.

This game is fixed for 3.30pm on Sunday.


1. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion

2. Shane Enright Tarbert

3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore

4. Killian Young (C) Renard

5. Brian Ó Beaglaoich An Ghaeltacht

6. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers

7. Tadhg Morley Templenoe

8. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks

9. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys

10. Paul Murphy Rathmore

11. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes

12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane

13. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare

14. Paul Geaney Dingle

15. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion



16. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin

17. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar

18. Bryan Sheehan St Marys

19. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys

20. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

21. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion

22. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes

23. Anthony Maher Duagh

24. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore

25. Michael Geaney Dingle

26. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes

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