Monday 16 September 2019

Keane keeps the faith but Spillane and Walsh will have vital impact from the bench

Kerry boss Peter Keane during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile
Kerry boss Peter Keane during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile

Michael Verney and Colm Keys

Kerry boss Peter Keane has named the same team which started the drawn match for today's All-Ireland SFC final replay against Dublin as they look to halt the drive for five, although there could be late changes before throw-in.

There had been speculation that Tommy Walsh or Killian Spillane may get a start after making a huge impact off the bench in the first tie but it looks as if the Kingdom supremo will keep the faith.

Jack Barry was a late addition to the line-up two weeks ago - in place of Spillane - before performing admirably in midfield and he retains his place while captain Gavin White is also named at wing-forward. The positions of White and wing-back Brian Ó Beaglaoich are the most likely to come under threat should Keane shuffle the deck.

While Jim Gavin is expected to officially announce an unchanged team at noon today, that won't dampen speculation of a late alteration before the 6.0 throw-in. It emerged yesterday that Bernard Brogan is set to be named in Dublin's match-day 26, fuelling the possibility of a swansong from the 35-year-old former Footballer of the Year.

Meanwhile, Peter Crowley has accepted an eight-week suspension, arising out of an incident in the final when he was acting as 'maor uisce' for the Kerry team.

Recovering

Crowley - currently recovering from a cruciate injury - squirted water in the direction of a Dublin player when he stationed along the Hogan Stand sideline during the second half, an incident picked up on by TV cameras and noted in referee David Gough's report.

Even though they are players they are classed as officials and that classifies their offence as misconduct by an official where physical interference is involved, coming under rule &.2c, Category 11A.

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GAA match day protocols do not allow for current players to act as water carriers but it is regularly ignored and in these two cases had led to disciplinary charges. The GAA are expected to bring new rules into play to deal with growing concerns around this area.

Elsewhere, Dublin Mick Bohan has made two changes in personnel to the team that lined out against Cork for tomorrow's TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC final against Galway at Croke Park.

2017 Footballer of the Year Noelle Healy is recalled to the starting line-up, along with Jennifer Dunne, as boss Bohan juggles his pack in the quest for a third successive title win.

Healy didn't start the semi-final victory over Cork at Croke Park but she made a huge impact after coming in at half-time.

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