Cooper back as Kerry ring the changes

Yerra, sure they’re already after before being qualified for the play-offs and, sure, look it, can’t they afford to toss in a few raw young fellas who are only after being after coming out of the nappies? Like that Cooper lad they’re after naming at top of the right … Right.

Kerry have made a number of changes alright, with their starting fifteen for Sunday which was named earlier on this evening showing seven changes from the team that beat Laois last time out. Out go ‘keeper Tomas Mac a t’Saoir, backs Aidan O’Mahony and the (yet again) suspended Tomas Ó Sé, midfielders Seamus Scanlon and Bryan Sheehan and forwards Darran and Declan O’Sullivan and in come Brian Kelly in goals, Brian McGuire and Peter Crowley in the backs, Anthony Maher and Kieran Donaghy at midfield and David O’Callaghan and the aforementioned Colm Cooper in the forwards.

Still, we can’t be feeling too sorry for ourselves about the Gooch’s return, seeing as Jack O’Connor has chosen to keep such luminaries as Marc Ó Sé, Paul Galvin, Bryan Sheehan and the two O’Sullivans on the bench. Well, until the going gets tough at least.

Here’s the full list of the Kerry team and subs for Sunday:

Kerry (NFL Division One v Mayo, 8/4/2012): Brian Kelly (Legion); Shane Enright (Tarbert), Killian Young (Renard), Brian McGuire (Listowel Emmett’s); Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers), Eoin Brosnan (Dr. Crokes), Jonathan Lyne (Legion); Anthony Maher (Duagh), Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks); David O’Callaghan (St Pat’s Blennerville), Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys), Johnny Buckley (Dr. Crokes); Colm Cooper (Captain) (Dr. Crokes), Patrick Curtin (Moyvane), Kieran O’Leary (Dr. Crokes). Subs: Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin), Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), Paul Galvin (Finuge), Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore), Declan O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromada), Bryan Sheehan (St. Mary’s), Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar), James O’Donoghue (Legion), Michael Geaney (Daingean Uí Chúis), Daithí Casey (Dr. Crokes), Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr. Crokes), Donnchadha Walsh (Cromane).

I guess we’ll be naming our line-up at the usual time tomorrow night.

19 thoughts on “Cooper back as Kerry ring the changes

  1. Savage bench they have there. But those young lads will be chomping at the bit. Doesn’t make it one bit easier.

  2. Mayo can win this game. Even though the kingdom have one hell of a bench I think we are more than capable of beating them If our midfield can dominate the middle sector like the Dublin game. Of course their young guns will be eager to impress but they are there to be taken. I can’t imagine Mayo making many changes. I would like to see Ger caff mark the gooch to free up keith Higgins’s rampaging pacey runs forward. This is a great opportunity to reach the semi finals. Looking forward to Saturday! I hope a big crowd is going south!

  3. I understand the team was selected on Tuesday night and that it is the same as the starting 15 on the last day???

  4. Agreat oppurtunity for mayo to kick on from ere n get afew more tough competive games n lead up to tha championship n a setteled team..Go for it mayo..

  5. Expecting a Mayo win, even if Kerry have a very strong bench. We have a stronger starting team and a bit more to play for which should give us a bit of hunger.

  6. Some Gom on RTE GAA tweeted “Good news for Kerry, Cooper back …bad news for Mayo”. Ffffing typical of the attitude despite beating the dubs. In that twats eyes all of Mayo will tremble at the sight of the Gooch. Now I bow to no man in my admiration of the same boy but really …I get sick at the patronizing shite that we attract.

  7. I have heard it said that Jack O’Connor’s strategy is to identify the strongest and the weakest aspects of the opposition’s game and attack both at the same time. It is interesting is all the talk about the Dublin game that a similar strategy was adopted by Mayo last Saturday. One of Dublin’s strongest points for the last 12 months has been Cluxton’s kickouts. Mayo attacked and destroyed this. Dublin’s weakest point was their discipline. That was targeted too, and very effectively.

    I hope JH and Co have been studying Kerry closely and are planning a similar approach. I have to admit, I haven’t seen anything that they have done this year so far, but O’Connor will try to limit the influence of Aidan O’Shea and will try to force us into a defensive game. As a result, we need to force them back into their own half as much as possible and take the long range points when they are available. Also, although the deployment of Barry Moran inside didn’t yield much primary possession the last day, it added a new threat that Dublin had to cope with. Adding new dimensions like that gives a team an edge, as the opposition management often has to rethink their strategy.

    Finally, who should pick up Gooch? I don’t think it matters as long as the appointed back sticks to him like shit to a blanket!

    Keep the Faith!

  8. Not on TG4 anyway. And I don’t think Setanta have GAA games on a Sunday.
    On the Gooch isue – well personally I think man marking him is impossible. He will just drift all over the place. You will see him out at mid-field getting on the ball and setting up attacks.
    Best oportunity to beat Kerry is to play the way we did last weekend and try and dominate them on their kickouts and our own.
    Starve anyone of possession and they’re on the backfoot straight away.

  9. It’s a good team. Exciting forward line. Big midfield. Some quality backs and reliable keeper. All to play for!

  10. Any chance wj u changing tha post from las years mo-dub league game to this years rout n castlebar.

  11. It’s Dublin v Cork live on TG4 on Sunday with Galway v Kildare (mustn’t keep the Lillies out of the limelight, must we?) as the deferred match. But, never fear, there’ll apparently be highlights of the other games on RTE’s League Sunday programme later on. Stop sniggering …

  12. Yeah, got to have Kildare on CTE at all times, CillDara Telifis Eireann, flipping ridiculous. No offense to Kildare people but in the scheme of things they are nothing team, who have done nothing over the past 5 years, bar that big game against Donegal last year but the supposed quality of that game was more down to the dramatics at the end. It pains me to say it but even the Rossies have done more than Kildare over the past few years and they are not on telly nearly half as much (thanks the Lord for that).
    In fairness on this occasion, it is a game where both need to win so it should be good.

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