Ó Cinnéide may lose out

LAST YEAR’s winning captain, Dara Ó Cinnéide may lose out in an attacking reshuffle by Kerry for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Cork.

The Gaeltacht ace could be the odd man out as the Kingdom selectors mull over their selection and formation. They will announce their team tomorrow, but this year’s captain, Declan O’Sullivan, is set to line out at full-forward, with Eoin Brosnan returning to centre half-forward.

If Ó Cinnéide, the side’s recognised free-taker, doesn’t start, Paul Galvin, Bryan Sheehan and Ronan O’Connor will all be vieing for a slot in the half forward line. Galvin, an All-Star last year, is favoured to return after claiming three points as a substitute in the quarter final success over Mayo. However, St. Mary’s Bryan Sheehan continues to press his claims, and starred at midfield for his club in their Co League success in Listowel at the weekend. The Kerry panel had a final trial last Friday in Fossa, and all emerged unscathed from the game.

Cork attacker Philip Clifford has recovered from a knee injury and is available for selection. Coach Billy Morgan has no other injury concerns, but the selectors must decide whether to stick with the same full-back line that struggled in the first half against Galway. Aghada’s Kieran O’Connor replaced Niall Geary at half-time in that game and is pressing for a start.

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