Monday 18 December 2017

Galvin misses out for Kerry as Brosnan keeps place

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

PAUL GALVIN has been left out of the Kerry team to face Mayo in Sunday's All-Ireland SFC semi-final.

Galvin has struggled with a hamstring injury throughout the campaign and made his first championship start of the season against Limerick last time out.

He sat out parts of last weekend's training camp in Cork, but has still been named among the substitutes.

His omission is the only change to the side, with Kieran O'Leary coming into the starting 15. The Dr Crokes player starts at corner-forward, with Darran O'Sullivan reverting to Galvin's No 10 shirt.

Despite speculation to the contrary, Eoin Brosnan retains his place at centre-back and Tomas O Se has been declared fit after a hamstring injury scare earlier this week.

Mayo have delayed naming their team until tomorrow to give their injured stars every chance of recovering in time.

Medical staff will assess Trevor Mortimer and Peadar Gardiner tonight before James Horan selects his team


Meanwhile, Leitrim have confirmed that Mickey Moran will continue as the county's senior football manager. Moran was first appointed for the 2009 campaign and will lead the Connacht men into the 2012 season. Barney Breen continues as a selector but Martin McGowan has stepped down.

Pat Flanagan was last night given the green light to continue as Westmeath football boss.

Flanagan will see out the second of his two-year term after delegates voted in favour of retaining the Offaly native by a 2:1 majority. It is expected that he will make changes to his back room team in advance of the new campaign.

Tyrone veteran Brian Dooher's season is over after he underwent surgery on a damaged jaw. While an initial prognosis suggested Dooher could play for his club before the end of the season, further X-rays confirmed a fracture, which required the insertion of wires.

Galway officials are facing another headache after the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) ruled in favour of a team which had been knocked out of the county's club championship.

Mountbellew/Moylough, who were defeated by Micheal Breathnachs by 1-10 to 0-12 in an earlier round, lodged an objection claiming that one of the Connemara side's players, sub Tommy Conneely, was not eligible.

And the DRA's decision means that the Galway Competitions Control Committee will hear the appeal a third time.

The Galway SFC final has been pencilled in for the first weekend in October, while the club provincial series is due to start in November.

Kerry (SF v Mayo) -- B Kealy; K Young, M O Se, T O'Sullivan; T O Se, E Brosnan, A O'Mahony; A Maher, B Sheehan; Darran O'Sullivan, Declan O'Sullivan, D Walsh; C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O'Leary.

Irish Independent

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