Colm Cooper returns to Kerry side for Dublin revenge mission

By Stephen Barry

Has there ever been a more anticipated Kerry line-up,

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John Fogarty asked during the week.

Well, Eamonn Fitzmaurice has kept the changes on the teamsheet to a minimum, as the return from injury of Colm Cooper is the only switch from their quarter-final win over Clare.

Top-scorer that day Darran O’Sullivan (1-2) is the man to drop out for the Dublin clash.

Colm Cooper returns to Kerry side for Dublin revenge mission

That means no Bryan Sheehan between the sticks, and no return for Marc Ó Sé or Aidan O’Mahony.

If the team lines out as selected, it would also see Mark Griffin remain at full-back, Kieran Donaghy in midfield and Paul Murphy still defending from upfield.

However there are returns to the matchday panel for Johnny Buckley and Michael Geaney.

Buckley is one of six players who started last year’s All-Ireland final loss to Dublin who are left on the bench. O’Mahony, Brendan Kealy, Fionn Fitzgerald, Jonathan Lyne and Anthony Maher complete the absentee list from that game.

The Kerry team is as follows:

1. Brian Kelly ( Killarney Legion)

2. Shane Enright (Tarbert)

3. Mark Griffin (St Michaels/Foilmore)

4. Killian Young (Captain, Renard)

5. Brian Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht)

6. Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers)

7. Tadhg Morley (Templenoe)

8. Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks)

9. David Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys)

10. Paul Murphy (Rathmore)

11. Colm Cooper (Dr Crokes)

12. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane)

13. Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare)

14. Paul Geaney (Dingle)

15. James O’Donoghue (Killarney Legion)

Subs:

16. Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)

17. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh-Glencar)

18. Bryan Sheehan (St Marys)

19. Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys)

20. Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

21. Jonathan Lyne (Killarney Legion)

22. Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes)

23. Anthony Maher (Duagh)

24. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)

25. Michael Geaney (Dingle)

26. Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes)


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