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Kerry were true to their word and released details of their team for Sunday bang on 8pm. For good measure they named their list of subs as well so here’s the full list:
Kerry (NFL Division One v Mayo, 13/3/2016): Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin); Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), Mark Griffin (St Michaels/Foilmore), Shane Enright (Tarbert); Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers), Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore), Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes); Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks), Bryan Sheehan (St Marys, captain); Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes), Paul Murphy (Rathmore), Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane); Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar), Colm Cooper (Dr Crokes), Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare). Subs: Brian Kelly (Killarney Legion), Denis Daly (St Marys), Padraig O’Connor (Killarney Legion), Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys), Aidan Walsh (St Marys), Pa Kilkenny (Glenbeigh/Glencar), Brendan O’Sullivan (Valentia), Philip O’Connor (Cordal), Michael Geaney (Dingle), Jonathan Lyne (Killarney Legion), Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes).
The team they’ve named shows three changes from the one that lined out in last Sunday’s slugfest against Donegal in Tralee. Brendan Kealy replaces Brian Kelly between the posts, Johnny Buckley comes in to add a bit of heft at 10 in place of Denis Daly while the full-forward place occupied the last day by the now suspended Alan Fitzgerald is taken by Colm Cooper. Despite his schnozzle rearrangement last Sunday, Marc Ó Sé is okay to line out and has been named at right corner-back.
Overall, it’s a battle-hardened pick and with the likes of Barry John Keane, Michael Geaney, Jonathan Lyne and Kieran O’Leary on the bench, there’s plenty of experience there too. Tommy Walsh, Killian Young and David Moran all miss out for this one, though, due to injury.
The last time we played Kerry was at the start of the 2015 League campaign and their team for Sunday is a much-changed one from the one that lined out in Killarney in February of last year. Seven of Sunday’s team – Brendan Kealy, Mark Griffin, Fionn Fitzgerald, Paul Murphy, Bryan Sheehan, Johnny Buckley and Stephen O’Brien – started that day, while a few more of last year’s team feature in the subs for MacHale Park.
I expect we’ll be naming our team for Sunday shortly.