Sunday 15 September 2019

Moran makes welcome Kingdom return

 

Moran missed the win over Donegal with a foot injury, having had a superb match in the 10-point win over Mayo in Killarney seven days earlier. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Moran missed the win over Donegal with a foot injury, having had a superb match in the 10-point win over Mayo in Killarney seven days earlier. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

David Moran will return to the Kerry football team for their final All-Ireland quarter-final series game with Meath in Navan tomorrow night (6.0).

Moran missed the win over Donegal with a foot injury, having had a superb match in the 10-point win over Mayo in Killarney seven days earlier.

Kerry are taking no chances for a game they are expected to win against a Meath team that is out of the competition after nine-point losses to Donegal and Mayo.

Moran's return at the expense of Diarmuid O'Connor is the only change from the Donegal game with Killian Spillane, a late call-up, retained after an impressive three-point contribution.

Meath are also expected to field a strong team, though a goalkeeping switch is on the cards after Marcus Brennan replaced black-carded Andy Colgan the last day and immediately saved a Cillian O'Connor penalty before the record championship scorer followed up to put the rebound away.

A win in Navan will almost certainly ensure they top the group, even if Donegal win in Mayo when score difference will count. Kerry head Donegal by one point but their winning margin is likely to be greater than Donegal's in that scenario.

Elsewhere, Seamus 'Banty' McEnaney has all but ruled himself out of a return as Monaghan senior manager.

"As much as I am honoured to be associated with the Monaghan job, my businesses would restrain me from doing the job," he said.

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