Waterford boss sticks with winning fifteen

Waterford manager John Kiely has unsurprisingly named the same fifteen that saw off Clare for Sunday's Munster SFC semi-final against Kerry (Dungarvan, throw-in 2pm).

The same fifteen players that started in the Deise's first championship win in 19 years - their 1-6 to 0-7 defeat of Clare nine days ago - will line out against the All-Ireland champions this weekend.

Kiely had made a couple of position switches to try and combat Kerry's strengths with the Hurney brothers, John and Gary, switching places with the latter handed a midfield role.

Team captain Brian Wall has been switched to full-forward, with John Hurney now in the half-forward line. Andy Hubbard, who was Waterford's full-forward against Clare, will lead his county's attack from centre forward this time around.

Hoping to guide Waterford to their first championship win over Kerry since 1957, Waterford supremo Kiely said: "We're really looking forward to the visit of the All-Ireland champions. We've an injury-free camp and a happy camp at the moment.

"We know it's the classic David and Goliath confrontation, but we showed what we are capable of against Kerry in Killarney last year and we will give this one our very best shot."

The Deise tested Kerry for much of last summer's Munster SFC encounter but Kerry eventually emerged as 0-16 to 0-8 winners, with Bryan Sheehan top-scoring for the hosts with 0-7.

The price for Sunday's victors will be a place in the Munster final on July 1 - Waterford have not reached a Munster SFC decider since 1960.

WATERFORD (SFC v Kerry) - T Wall; J Walsh, T O'Gorman, S Briggs; J Phelan, E Rockett, P Ogle; M Ahearne, G Hurney; J Hurney, A Hubbard, G Power; W Hennessy, B Wall (capt), L O'Lionain.


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