Kerry have this evening named their team to face our lads in the NFL Division One semi-final at Croke Park on Sunday (throw-in 2pm). As expected, they’ve recalled all the battle-hardened players who began (and, in a few cases, ended) last Sunday’s clash between us on the bench and have named a team that, in all, shows seven changes from the one that started against us in Tralee.
Out go ‘keeper Brian Kelly, backs Eoin Brosnan and Jonathan Lyne and forwards David O’Callaghan, Barry John Keane, Johnny Buckley and Kieran O’Leary and in come Brendan Kealy (in goals), Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Anthony Maher, Paul Galvin, Darran O’Sullivan and Declan O’Sullivan.
There are a number of positional switches too, with Killian Young moving across to corner-back to accommodate the returning Marc Ó Sé (I definitely think we should start big Barry now – that’d put a stop to the Gaeltacht man’s gallop), Brian McGuire pushing up from 4 to 7, Kieran Donaghy similarly moving further upfield – in his case from midfield to wing-forward – and Paddy Curtin moving to corner-forward releasing the 14 spot for Declan O’Sullivan.
Here’s their full list:
Kerry (NFL Division One semi-final v Mayo, 15/4/2012): Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin); Shane Enright (Tarbert); Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), Killian Young (Renard); Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers), Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore), Brian Maguire (Listowel Emmett’s); Anthony Maher (Duagh), Bryan Sheehan (St. Mary’s); Paul Galvin (Finuge), Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar), Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks); Colm Cooper (Dr Crokes), Declan O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromada), Patrick Curtin (Moyvane). Subs: Brian Kelly (Legion); Eoin Brosnan (Dr Crokes); Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys); Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes); Jonathan Lyne (Legion); Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes); James O’Donoghue (Legion); Donnacha Walsh (Cromane); David O’Callaghan (St Pat’s Blennerville), Daniel Bohan (Austin Stacks), Michael Geaney (Daingean Ui Chuis), Daithi Casey (Dr Crokes), Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes).
We’re due to name our starting fifteen for Sunday at some stage tomorrow evening.