Kerry unchanged for Munster semi-final

Kerry unchanged for Munster semi-final

Darran O'Sullivan, the scorer of Kerry's second goal against Tipperary last Sunday, has failed to force his way into the team to face Waterford in tomorrow night's Munster SFC semi-final at Fitzgerald Stadium (throw-in 7pm).

O'Sullivan came off the bench to palm home the Kingdom's second goal in the Tipp game, but has to be content with a substitute's role once more, with fit-again captain Eoin Brosnan, who has recovered from an ankle ligament injury, also kept in reserve.

Jonathan Lyne and Shane Enright have been added to the substitutes' list for the semi-final clash, which is the 30th Senior Championship meeting of the counties and their first since 2007 - Kerry have posted 26 victories so far with Waterford's only wins coming in 1911 and 1957.

Colm Cooper, who captains the Kingdom in Brosnan's absence, will celebrate his 30th birthday on Bank Holiday Monday. The Dr. Crokes clubman needs just one more point to reach 250 points in Championship football. To date, he has accumulated 19 goals and 249 points in 72 Championship outings.

Kerry's 2-19 to 0-8 quarter-final triumph over Tipperary made it 21 matches that the Kingdom are unbeaten in Championship football at Fitzgerald Stadium, since their last defeat back in 1995 at the hands of Cork.

With manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice plumping for an unchanged team this weekend, Anthony Maher and Johnny Buckley will continue their midfield partnership but Duagh clubman Maher knows they must maintain a high level of performance to remain in the starting side.

"The fellas with the jerseys at the moment are fighting to keep them and you had the likes of Darran [O'Sullivan] and Bryan (Sheehan) coming on (like the last day against Tipp)," he told the Irish Examiner.

"We seem to have a very strong panel. Every guy who has a shirt between 1-15 will be doing his utmost to keep that jersey, so I don't think Eamonn will have to say much to keep any of us motivated.

"Regardless of who you are playing in early stages of the Championship, it is about things like forwards and midfielders and defenders finding out about who they are.

"Like Eamonn said before the game last week, we've been training since January but we haven't been training to train well - we've been training for the Championship."

KERRY (SFC v Waterford): Brendan Kealy; Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O'Mahony, Fionn Fitzgerald; Tomás Ó Sé, Killian Young, Peter Crowley; Anthony Maher, Johnny Buckley; Paul Galvin, Colm Cooper (capt), Donnchadh Walsh; Declan O’Sullivan, Kieran Donaghy, James O'Donoghue.

Subs: Brian Kelly, Bryan Sheehan, Darran O'Sullivan, Kieran O'Leary, Mark Griffin, Brian McGuire, Eoin Brosnan, Michael Geaney, Patrick Curtin, Shane Enright, Jonathan Lyne.


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