Wednesday 21 August 2019

O'Donoghue sidelined again as Kingdom recall quartet

Kerry's James O'Donoghue. Photo: Sportsfile
Kerry's James O'Donoghue. Photo: Sportsfile

Colm Keys and Frank Roche

James O'Donoghue's bad run of injuries will keep him out of tomorrow's Munster final as Kerry recall Paul Murphy, Jack Barry, Dara Moynihan and Gavin White.

O'Donoghue limped out of their Munster semi-final win over Clare three weeks ago and has not recovered sufficiently to even make the first 26. Moynihan, who makes his championship debut, replaces him at corner-forward.

White, who came off the bench against Clare, and Murphy come in at half-back for Shane Enright and Gavin Crowley, while Barry takes over at midfield from Diarmuid O'Connor who pushes into the attack instead of Adrian Spillane.

Meanwhile, the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) has confirmed an eight-week suspension for currently-injured Monaghan midfielder Darren Hughes.

Incident The Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) had originally proposed the ban for an incident during Monaghan's qualifier win over Fermanagh, when Hughes was acting as a water carrier. Arising from the contents of referee Maurice Deegan's match report, the player was cited by the CCCC for "any type of physical interference with an opposing player".

Hughes requested a hearing, and the CHC found the alleged infraction "proven" and confirmed the minimum eight-week ban, but the Monaghan player has the option of taking his case to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC).

Hughes is currently recovering from a broken ankle sustained on club duty and can now only return for a final-round 'Super 8s' game, if Monaghan advance to that stage.

Kerry (SF v Cork) - S Ryan; J Foley, T Morley, T O'Sullivan; P Murphy, J Sherwood, G White; D Moran, J Barry; D O'Connor, S O'Shea, S O'Brien; D Clifford, P Geaney, D Moynihan.

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