The former U-21 player has been selected at right full-forward against Offaly in Tullamore on Sunday.
Down the years Éire Óg were more famed for their hurling exploits. But football has grown in popularity in recent times and Goulding has emerged as a trail-blazer.
Owen Sexton damaged ankle ligaments in a practice match on Tuesday night and could be out of action for a month, while Philip Clifford, who came on as a sub during last weekend’s McGrath Cup final victory over Kerry, also picked up an ankle injury in the practice game.
From the team that defeated Kerry in the secondary competition, Anthony Lynch moves from right half-forward to his customary left corner-back position. Noel O’Leary, who started the Kerry match at left half-forward, now takes over Sexton’s right half-back spot with Ger Spillane chosen again at centre back.
Fintan Gould comes in at right half- forward, while Kevin McMahon returns after club duty with Carbery Rangers to play on the left wing.
Brendan Jer O’Sullivan and Conor McCarthy swap places with the Adrigole player lining out at full-forward on this occasion, with Goulding making his debut in the right corner and Kevin O’Sullivan crossing over to replace Robert O’Mahony in the left corner.
Limerick manager Mikey Ned O’Sullivan introduces one newcomer for Sunday’s visit of Roscommon in the opening round of the NFL at the Gaelic Grounds. Shane Gallagher, a member of the Ballysteen club, takes his place at corner-back, having impressed in the McGrath Cup. Captain Muiris Gavin is ruled out because of injury, while several other members of last season’s panel remain unavailable.
Louth travel to Cavan for their league opener with a couple of old faces back in harness. Neither Colin Goss or Martin Farrelly have started a championship game for the county in two years but both start at Kingspan-Breffni Park.
Farrelly went into a self-imposed exile for two years but lines out at midfield on Sunday while Goss’s name appears at full-back after a lengthy and frustrating period of injuries.
Key Sligo players Paul Taylor and John McPartland are in a race against time to be fit to line out against Tipperary in Sunday’s Allianz National Football League 2B game at Markievcz Park. Taylor came out of retirement to assist Sligo promotions hopes but a groin strain has hampered his training.
Corner-back Patrick Naughton and mid-fielder Eamon O’Hara are also injured and may miss all of the league campaign while forward Karol O’Neill is not expected to be fully fit until March.
Last season’s top scorer Dessie Sloyan is expected to line out on Sunday while Kenneth Sweeney, who was also injured, may return for the game.
The team will be named after training tomorrow night.
: S. Kiely; S. Gallagher, J. McCarthy, P. Brown; C. Mullane, D. Reidy, S. Lavin; J. Galvin, S. Lucey; P. Ahern, T. Carroll, S. Buckley, M. Crowley, J. Murphy, M. Reidy.
: S. Reynolds; D. Brennan, C. Goss, R. Greene; J. Doyle, A. Hoey, J. Kermath; M. Farrelly, P. Keenan; M. Stanfield, C. Grimes, J.P. Rooney; M. Brennan, S. Lennon, D. Clarke.
: A. Quirke; K. O’Connor, G. Canty, A. Lynch; N. O’Leary, G. Spillane, S. Levis; N. Murphy, D. Hurley; F. Goold, C. McCarthy, K. McMahon; D. Goulding, B. J. O’Sullivan, K. O’Sullivan.