Monday 20 November 2017

Kingdom axe Donaghy for Munster final

Kerry's Kieran Donaghy
Kerry's Kieran Donaghy
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

KIERAN Donaghy has been omitted from the Kerry team announced for Sunday's Munster football final in Killarney but whether he starts against Cork remains to be seen.

Darran O'Sullivan, who came on as a sub for Donnacha Walsh in the semi-final win over Waterford, is named at right corner-forward with Declan O'Sullivan switching to full-forward.

Mark Griffin makes his championship debut at full-back in place of the injured Aidan O'Mahony, while Shane Enright takes Fionn Fitzgerald's No 4 shirt.

However, it's the omission of Donaghy (above) which will attract most debate and also raise suspicions that Kerry may become the latest to re-jig their team prior to throw-in.

With several incorrect selections issued by various counties this year, team announcements have to carry a reliability warning although, in fairness to Kerry, they have yet to wander down the 'dummy team' road.

The Kerry team shows four changes from the 15 which started in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Donegal last year. Griffin and Peter Crowley replace O'Mahony and Eoin Brosnan in defence; Johnny Buckley comes in for Bryan Sheehan at midfield while Darran O'Sullivan is named in place of Donaghy in attack.

Kerry (SF v Cork) – B Kealy; M O Se, M Griffin, S Enright; T O Se, K Young, P Crowley; A Maher, J Buckley; P Galvin, C Cooper, D Walsh; Darran O'Sullivan, Declan O'Sullivan, J O'Donoghue.

Irish Independent

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