Monday 18 December 2017

Kingdom ace O'Sullivan calls time on county career

KERRY attacker Sean O'Sullivan (32) has quit the county panel for a second time, having coming out of inter-county retirement last winter, and he may be followed by veteran defender Tom O'Sullivan, writes Cliona Foley.

Four-time All-Ireland winner Sean O'Sullivan retired in 2009 but, on the back of a good championship run with Mid-Kerry, had returned and was hoping to nail down a regular place in the Kerry side.

But just two games into the league, and despite starting in both, he has retired again.

He was replaced after 49 minutes of Kerry's opening league game against Dublin and, despite scoring a point, was called ashore just before half-time against Armagh last weekend, when he was replaced by Declan O'Sullivan.

Kerry boss Jack O'Connor said: "Sean came back with the intention of trying it out for a couple of games and seeing how he felt then. He wasn't enjoying it and didn't feel it was working out so that's why he made his decision. I respect his decision and wish him well."

Before his return, new Kerry minor boss Mickey Ned O'Sullivan had offered Sean O'Sullivan a job as one of his selectors which he passed up when he returned to playing.

Five-time All-Ireland winning defender Tom O'Sullivan still hasn't returned to the Kerry set-up, fuelling speculation that the 33-year-old may finally call it a day.

Armagh will appeal bans from Cork league melee

ARMAGH will definitely appeal the heavy fine and suspensions they retrospectively received from their first league game of the season, but Cork have still to decide on their next course of action.

Both counties were shocked to be hit this week by Croke Park's new hard-line approach on disciplinary matters. Both county boards were fined €5,000 for their part in a melee in their Division 1 opener in Armagh on February 5.

Cork's Michael Shields and Pearse O'Neill were also hit with bans while two of the Orchard County's players -- Ciaran McKeever and the in-form Malachy Mackin -- have received one-match bans.

Cork's Paul Kerrigan, the only player sent off in the game, initially got a two-match ban but had that struck off after appeal. Kildare are to appeal the €5,000 fine and the proposed suspension for selector Niall Carew that were dished out following last week's brawl during the league clash with Monaghan.

Elsewhere, despite Munster manager Ger O'Sullivan criticising Kerry's lack of support for this weekend's Interprovincial semi-finals, he has four of their seniors -- Tomas O'Se, Aidan O'Mahony, Seamus Scanlon and Brendan Kealy -- in his squad for Sunday's semi-final against Leinster

Munster include more Limerick (six) and Waterford (five) players than from Kerry, including the O'Gorman twins who, until recently, had been concentrating on hurling for the Deise.

Irish Independent

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