Friday 23 February 2018

Donaghy good to go - Fitzmaurice

Kerry's Kieran Donaghy
Kerry's Kieran Donaghy
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has no qualms about catapulting Kieran Donaghy straight back into action after Austin Stacks' defeat at the All-Ireland club semi-final stage.

Newly-appointed captain Donaghy has been named at full-forward ahead of the visit of Dublin to Killarney and even though he hasn't seen much Kerry training due to club commitments, Fitzmaurice believes he's ready.

"Usually you're as well off to get back on the horse straight away and tear into the next challenge," said the Kingdom boss.

"I think the thing that you'd worry about more than the mental side of things is the physical, in terms of would he be fatigued after a long club campaign or will he be fatigued later in the year because of the length of his season.


"But I think from Kieran's point of view, last year was a disjointed year from earlier in the year because of his injuries and until he got his injuries right, he didn't get full steam ahead until early June.

"From that point of view, his season wasn't as long last year as is perceived. But he's full of energy, he's mad for action. In fact, I had to talk him out of coming back the week after the club loss. He's the captain of Kerry, he's missed two games already and he's anxious to get going."

Along with Barry John Keane, Tommy Walsh loses out from the win over Derry though Fitzmaurice insists he'll play some part in the game. Kerry still have several injuries to clear up including Marc O Se, Colm Cooper, Darran O'Sullivan and James O'Donoghue.

And with a hectic schedule of games coming up, Fitzmaurice insists there'll be plenty of chances for all his panellists to stake a claim before the league is out.

"The two lads that have lost out, Tommy Walsh and Barry John Keane, they're both unlucky because both of them are playing well at the moment.

"This month gives us a great chance to look at the whole squad, every fella will be getting game time so there's no panic and there's no huge analysis or significance with what way we're going yet. By the end of the month things will be starting to settle down."

Dublin boss Jim Gavin has named Ciaran Kilkenny in his starting team for the clash with the Kingdom. Kilkenny appeared as a sub in the win over Donegal but is selected to play from the start as he replaces Davy Byrne.

Gavin makes two other changes with both coming in defence. Rory O'Carroll is handed the number three shirt as Mick Fitzsimons makes way. The half-back line also sees a change with Jack McCaffrey recalled to the side at the expense of Eric Lowndes.

Elsewhere, Jamie Clarke returns to the Armagh team after missing out on the win over Wexford while Damien Carroll replaces Joey Wallace in the only change to the Meath team to face Roscommon.

Meath (SF v Roscommon) - P O'Rourke; D Tobin, C McGill, M Burke; D Dalton, D Keogan, B Menton; H Rooney, A Flanagan; G Reilly, P Harnan, A Tormey; D Carroll, S Bray, M Newman.

Armagh (SF v Limerick) - N Geoghegan; A Mallon, C Vernon, M Murray; A Forker, F Moriarty, M Murray; A Findon, S Harold; C Rafferty, M McKenna, M Shields; T Kernan, E Rafferty, J Clarke.

Laois (SF v Galway) - G Brody; P McMahon, M Timmons, G Hanrahan; D Strong, R Kehoe, C Begley; B Quigley, J O'Loughlin; N Donoher, C Boyle, G Dillon; R Munnelly, D Kingston, E O'Carroll.

antrim (SF v Leitrim)- C Kerr; C Burke, S McVeigh, D Lynch; J Laverty, J Crozier, T Scullion; M McCann, O Gallagher; C Murray, T McCann, P McBride; R Murray, M Pollock, CJ McGourty.

dublin (SF v Kerry) - S Currie; E Culligan, R O'Carroll, D Daly; J Cooper, J Small, J McCaffrey; D Bastick, E O'Conghaile; T Brady, D Rock, C Kilkenny; K McManamon, E O'Gara, C Costello.

offaly (SF v Wicklow) - A Mulhall; D Brady, P McConway, J O'Connor; C O'Donoghue, J Maloney, N Darby; G Guilfoyle, N Smith; P Sullivan, N McNamee, M Bracken; B Allen, N Dunne, W Mulhall.

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