Sunday 18 February 2018

Kerry give Gooch first start of the year

Kerry's Colm Cooper (SPORTSFILE)
Kerry's Colm Cooper (SPORTSFILE)
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Kerry star Colm 'Gooch' Cooper will make his first start of the year after being named at full-forward for the Kingdom's clash with Mayo in Castlebar tomorrow.

Cooper has only appeared off the bench to date but replaces Alan Fitzgerald, who is serving a one-game ban, as they go in search of their first win at the venue since 2011.

Kingdom boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice also brings Brendan Kealy into the side in place of Brian Kelly as he continues his policy of rotating his goalkeepers. Johnny Buckley is the other change as he comes in instead of Denis Daly. Kieran O'Leary and Mikey Geaney are back in the match-day squad after returning from long-term absences.

Mayo have named Jason Doherty and Chris Barrett to start in the game after Stephen Rochford's men recorded their first win of the campaign at Monaghan last weekend. Michael Hall and Conor Loftus make way for the Castlebar clash.

Dublin manager Jim Gavin has made six changes to the side that came from behind to play Cork last weekend for the trip to Down.

Dublin are unbeaten in the league to date with Stephen Cluxton, Mick Fitzsimons, John Small, Shane Carthy, Kevin McManamon and Dean Rock all coming into the side.

In hurling, Tipperary have handed Kieran Bergin and Adrian Ryan their first start in this season's league for the clash with Galway while Cork manager Kieran Kingston has made five changes for Kilkenny as they look to bounce back from the hammering at the hands of Dublin last weekend. The Cats have made three changes with Jackie Tyrrell among those dropping out.

Tom Devine has been rewarded for his goalscoring exploits off the bench as he starts for Waterford in their game with Dublin.

Kerry (v Mayo): B Kealy; M O Se, M Griffin, S Enright; P Crowley, A O'Mahony, F Fitzgerald; K Donaghy, B Sheehan; J Buckley, P Murphy, D Walsh; D O'Sullivan, C Cooper, S O'Brien.

Mayo (v Kerry): R Hennelly; B Harrison, G Cafferkey, C Barrett; L Keegan, C Boyle, S Nally; T Parsons, S O'Shea; D O'Connor, A O'Shea, K McLoughlin; E Regan, J Doherty, C O'Shea.

Tipperary (v Galway): D Gleeson; C Barrett, T Hamill, M Cahill; B Heffernan, R Maher, Padraic Maher; B Maher, M Breen; N McGrath, K Bergin, Patrick 'Bonner' Maher; A Ryan, J McGrath, N O'Meara.

Cork (v Kilkenny): P Collins; K Burke, D Cahalane, S McDonnell; S O'Neill, C Joyce, L McLoughlin; P Haughney, J Cronin; B Lawton, B Cooper, C Lehane; L O'Farrell, S Harnedy, P Horgan.

Kilkenny (v Cork): R Reid; P Murphy, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh, K Joyce, C Buckley; C Fogarty, D Cody; C Fennelly, TJ Reid, C Martin; W Walsh, R Hogan, K Kelly.

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