Tuesday 24 April 2018

Donaghy back to lead Kerry attack against Rebels as Fennelly returns for Cats


Kieran Donaghy. Photo: Sportsfile
Kieran Donaghy. Photo: Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Kieran Donaghy has been named in the Kerry team for tomorrow's Munster SFC final clash with Cork in Killarney.

The return of 34-year-old Donaghy, who's named in the full-forward position, is one of two changes to the starting side that accounted for Clare at the semi-final stage. Fit-again David Moran resumes at midfield for the five-in-a-row-chasing Kingdom, with Jack Barry losing out. To accommodate Donaghy's inclusion on the edge of the square, Barry John Keane makes way in attack. Cork will announce their starting line-up for the Fitzgerald Stadium showdown at lunchtime today.

Meanwhile, Michael Fennelly will start his first game for Kilkenny since last year's All-Ireland semi-final replay victory over Waterford when the Cats face Limerick in today's round 1 qualifier.

Manager Brian Cody has made four changes to the team that started against Wexford in the recent Leinster semi-final defeat.

Joey Holden replaces the injured Conor O'Shea in the full-back line, while Joe Lyng has been handed a championship debut at left half-back.

Fennelly is named at midfield and Chris Bolger gets a call-up in attack, having featured off the bench against Wexford. Robert Lennon, Kieran Joyce and Lester Ryan all drop to the bench.

There's just one change on the Galway senior hurling team for tomorrow's Leinster final clash with Wexford, as Joseph Cooney replaces Jason Flynn in attack.

Cathal Mannion had been an injury concern for the Tribesmen - but is listed at corner-forward.

And captain Liam Rushe has been named at centre-forward on the Dublin team for this evening's All-Ireland hurling qualifier with Laois.

Rushe played at centre-back in the Leinster quarter-final loss to Galway, but now returns to a position he's been tried in before.

Elsewhere, Meath have made two changes in attack for their All-Ireland SFC round 2A qualifier with Sligo.

Ruairi O Coilean scored three points off the bench in the Leinster semi-final defeat to Kildare after replacing Eamonn Wallace - and earns a start ahead of the Ratoath man.

Sean Tobin is also in, replacing Bryan McMahon as boss Andy McEntee shuffles his pack.

Mayo have made two changes for their clash with Derry with Brendan Harrison and Colm Boyle starting in place of Keith Higgins (suspended) and Donal Vaughan.

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