Friday 17 January 2020

O'Donoghue 'fit to start' as Kingdom make three changes

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Kerry ace James O'Donoghue. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Kerry ace James O'Donoghue. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Cliona Foley

A RUMOUR that Kerry ace James O'Donoghue had injured his shoulder ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo was flatly denied by official sources last night.

The Legion star was included when Eamonn Fitzmaurice released his team and Kerry PRO Sean O'Leary said "there appears to be rumours flying around about 25 of our players tonight but everyone named is fit to start."

The Kingdom have three changes from their starting 15 against Galway. David Moran, as expected, retains a midfield spot after replacing the injured Bryan Sheehan very early last time out.

Peter Crowley comes into defence in place of Killian Young and is named at centre half-back. The one surprise is that Declan O'Sullivan is not named; he is replaced by Stephen O'Brien who was injured for the quarter-final.

Mayo are not naming their team until today but there is heavy speculation that captain Andy Moran and Chris Barrett will not start, that Donal Vaughan will be returned to his usual defensive role and that Jason Gibbons is set to come into midfield and Alan Freeman into full-forward. 
KERRY (SF v Mayo) - B Kelly; M O Se, A O'Mahony, S Enright; P Murphy, P Crowley, F Fitzgerald (capt); A Maher, D Moran; M Geaney, J Buckley, D Walsh; S O'Brien, P Geaney, J O'Donoghue.

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