Sunday 20 October 2019

Cooper in at centre-forward as Fitzgerald gets shock nod

Cliona Foley

COLM Cooper has been named at centre-forward for Kerry in Sunday's Munster quarter-final against Tipperary and his Dr Crokes team-mate Fionn Fitzgerald is the surprise package in their full-back line.

There is no place in their starters for Mark Griffin, who did well at full-back in the late stages of the league, with Aidan O'Mahony assigned the No 3 jersey and Killian Young moved to No 6. Fitzgerald, a county minor in 2008, gets his Munster senior debut at left corner-back.

Donegal have named the same team that started the 2012 All-Ireland final for their mouth-watering Ulster clash with Tyrone, which will see fit-again Footballer of the Year Karl Lacey make his first appearance of the year.

Stephen O'Neill has been passed fit and will lead Tyrone the Ballybofey showdown.

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Peter Harte is also back in the side at centre-forward, having recovered from a hamstring injury.

Mickey Harte has made two changes from last month's league final defeat to Dublin, with Paddy McNeice and Dermot Carlin making way for O'Neill and Peter Harte.

Cork boss Conor Counihan has handed senior championship debuts to six players for their opener against Limerick tomorrow.

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Goalkeeper Ken O'Halloran and wing-back Tomas Clancy get their first championship starts, as do U-21s Damien Cahalane, John O'Rourke and Brian Hurley. Paddy Kelly, who has been out all year after groin surgery, returns.

Former Kilkenny hurler Willie O'Dwyer is on the Kerry hurling side to play Kildare in the Christy Ring semi-final and Brendan O'Leary returns at wing-forward at the expense of John Egan.

Paul Barden also returns from his lengthy injury lay-off to captain the Longford footballers against Wicklow.

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