Saturday 17 March 2018

Moran back centre stage for Kingdom

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Donnchadh Boyle and Colm Keys

David Moran is back in the Kerry football team to face Monaghan on Sunday for the first time since early February after his recovery from injury.

Moran replaces injured captain Bryan Sheehan in the side with Brian Kelly replacing Brendan Kealy in goals in the only other change.

Monaghan have also made two changes as they look to stave off the threat of relegation from the top flight. Thomas Kerr comes in for Gavin Doogan and Daniel McKenna replaces Conor McCarthy in the full-forward line.

Mickey Harte makes four changes to his Tyrone side to face with Niall Morgan among those recalled for the clash with Armagh. Derry will look to keep their promotion hopes alive with a win at home to Meath and they have stuck with the same side that drew with Laois.

Elsewhere, Down GAA is mourning the death of Brendan Sloan, one of the county's most formidable defenders who won an All-Ireland medal in 1968.

Sloan was right corner-back on the team that defeated Kerry to land the county's third All-Ireland title. The Attical man also won a National League title earlier that year.

Kerry (SF v Monaghan) - B Kelly; M O Se, M Griffin, S Enright; P Crowley, A O'Mahony, F Fitzgerald; K Donaghy, D Moran; J Buckley, P Murphy, D Walsh; D O'Sullivan, C Cooper, S O'Brien.

Monaghan (v Kerry) - R Beggan; C Walshe, D Wylie, R Wylie; D Mone, F Kelly, K O'Connell; N McAdam, D Hughes; S Carey, D Malone, T Kerr; R McAnespie, D McKenna, C McManus.

Tyrone (SF v Armagh) - N Morgan; A McCrory, P Hampsey, C McCarron; N Sludden, R Brennan, T McCann; C Cavanagh, M Donnelly; P Harte, R O'Neill, R Donnelly; D McCurry, S Cavanagh, C McAliskey.

Derry (SF v Meath) - T Mallon; O Duffy, C McKaigue, K McKaigue; G McKinless, B Rogers, D Heavron; N Holly, E Bradley; R Bell, C Bradley, B Heron; S Heavron, E McGuckin, SL McGoldrick.

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