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Kingdom beef up rearguard for Donegal showdown


Peter Crowley, Kerry

Peter Crowley, Kerry


Peter Crowley, Kerry

NINE of the Kerry side who beat Donegal in last year's All-Ireland final will start against them again in Tralee on Sunday.

Peter Crowley and Killian Young return to bolster a defence that conceded three goals to Cork last week; Fionn Fitzgerald and Jack Sherwood lose out.

Paul Geaney returns from injury in attack. Paul Murphy, Anthony Maher, David Moran, Stephen O'Brien, Johnny Buckley and Kieran Donaghy are the others who started against Donegal last September.

There was a worry that Maher suffered concussion last week but he has been cleared to return.

Mayo have made five changes from the team that beat Derry for their floodlit home clash with Dublin tomorrow.

Robbie Hennelly (below) returns between the posts, U-21 defender Patrick Durcan comes in for Ger Cafferkey, Donal Vaughan returns from injury to take the place of Danny Kirby in midfield while up front, U-21 star Diarmuid O'Connor replaces Micheál Forde, and with his brother Cillian out injured Alan Freeman starts at full-forward.


A hamstring injury has ruled Cathal McCarron out of Tyrone's clash with Cork, with Dwayne Quinn coming in for his league debut. Barry Tierney and Cathal McShane are also out injured and replaced by Ryan McKenna and Connor McAliskey.

Cork's only change is in goal, where Michael Martin replaces Ken O'Halloran.

Limerick's hurlers have made another big positional switch, naming regular half-forward Declan Hannon at centre-back in place Wayne McNamara for their Division 1B clash with Offaly. Cian Lynch and Seanie Tobin are recalled to the forwards where David Reidy loses out.

Conor McDonald, Aidan Nolan and Andrew Shore will make their first league starts for the Wexford hurlers against Laois after injury and suspension respectively, but they will be without injured duo Jack Guiney and Paul Morris. Niall Breen replaces Mark Fanning in goals.

KERRY (SF v Donegal) - B Kealy; P Kilkenny, M Griffin, P Murphy; J Lyne, P Crowley, K Young; A Maher, D Moran; S O'Brien, B Sheehan, J Buckley; P Geaney, K Donaghy, BJ Keane.

CORK (SF v Tyrone) - M Martin; J Loughrey, M Shields, T Clancy; Tomas Clancy, S O'Donoghue, J O'Sullivan; E Cadogan, F Goold; K O'Driscoll, J O'Rourke, C O'Driscoll; C O'Neill, M Collins, B Hurley.

TYRONE (SF v Cork) - N Morgan; A McCrory, R McNamee, D Quinn; R McNabb, J McMahon, P Harte; C Cavanagh, P McNulty; T McCann, M Donnelly, R McKenna; D McCurry, S Cavanagh, C McAliskey.

MAYO (SF v Dublin) - R Hennelly; T Cunniffe, K Keane, K Higgins; L Keegan, C Boyle, P Durcan; S O'Shea, D Vaughan; K McLoughlin, A O'Shea, D O'Connor; M Ronaldson, J Freeman, J Doherty.

DERRY (SF v Monaghan) - T Mallon; O Duffy, N Holly, D McBride; B Og McAlary, K Johnston, SL McGoldrick; M Craig, B McGilligan; B Heron, M Lynch, E Lynn; D McKinless, E McGuckin, C McWilliams.

LIMERICK (SH v Offaly) - N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, S Hickey; C Allis, D Hannon, D Morrissey; P Browne, J Ryan; D Breen, D O'Grady, C Lynch; J Fitzgibbon, S Dowling, S Tobin.

WEXFORD (SH v Laois) - N Breen; L Ryan, T Waters, E Moore; P Foley, M O'Hanlon, A Shore; D Redmond, L Chin; D O'Keeffe, D Waters, I Byrne; L Og McGovern, C McDonald, H Kehoe.

Kerry (SH v Carlow) - J Logue; T Casey, B Murphy, D Fitzell; S Weir, D Dineen, D Collins; J Griffin (c), P Kelly; M O'Leary, S Nolan, C Harty; M Boyle, P Boyle, J Egan.

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