Kerry named their team and subs for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against our lads (throw-in 3.30pm) a bit earlier on this evening. The full details are as follows:
Kerry (All-Ireland SFC semi-final v Mayo 24/8/2014): Brian Kelly (Killarney Legion); Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore), Shane Enright (Tarbert); Paul Murphy (Rathmore), Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers), Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes, captain); Anthony Maher (Duagh), David Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys); Michael Geaney (Dingle), Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes), Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane); Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare), Paul Geaney (Dingle), James O’Donoghue (Killarney Legion). Subs: Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin), Declan O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses), Killian Young (Renard), Bryan Sheehan (St Marys), Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh-Glencar), Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys), Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks), Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes), Jonathan Lyne (Killarney Legion), Mark Griffin (St Michaels/Foilmore), Pa Kilkenny (Glenbeigh/Glencar).
So the team named tonight shows three changes from the one that started against Galway at the quarter-final stage a few weeks back. Into the starting fifteen come Peter Crowley, David Moran and fit-again Stephen O’Brien, in place of Killian Young, Bryan Sheehan (who went off injured and was replaced by Moran early on against Galway) and Declan O’Sullivan.
Sunday’s starting fifteen contains nine players who lined out against us in the League back in early March. They are Shane Enright, Peter Crowley, Aidan O’Mahony, Marc Ó Sé, Anthony Maher, David Moran, Donnchadh Walsh, James O’Donoghue and Stephen O’Brien (who, of course, scored a real belter of a goal against us in the second half that day at MacHale Park). In addition, three subs used that day – Fionn Fitzgerald (who captains the Kingdom on Sunday), Johnny Buckley and Michael Geaney – are in the team for Sunday.
Kerry’s line-up for Sunday contains far fewer survivors from our last championship meeting, which was the 2011 All-Ireland semi-final. Only four of that team -Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Anthony Maher and Donnchadh Walsh – have been named to start on this occasion, though their bench is laden with a number of well-medaled stars who featured prominently that day.
The Kingdom have also named their minor team to play our lads in Sunday’s curtain raiser. I don’t have the time right now to go into the full ins and outs of this selection – full details are here.
We’re due to name our senior and minor teams at lunchtime tomorrow. The weather forecast for down here on the Dingle peninsula is, however, fairly good for tomorrow so I’m not going to be anywhere near the laptop when our team announcements are made. This means that I won’t be posting anything on this here until much later tomorrow evening/night, by which time you’ll no doubt have fully parsed all relevant details yourselves.