Brewster kept in reserve

SPECULATION that Tom Brewster might start for Fermanagh in Sunday’s Bank of Ireland All-Ireland SFC semi-final clash with Mayo at Croke Park has proved to be unfounded.

Brewster, one of the county’s most prominent players before emigrating to Australia last year, has been sprung from the bench in Fermanagh’s last three games and acquitted himself so well that it was thought he would get the nod this time.

However, manager Charlie Mulgrew announced last night that he was sticking by the same side that defeated Cork, Meath, Donegal and Armagh en-route to Fermanagh’s first appearance in an All-Ireland semi-final.

Brewster is being held in reserve but is expected to be introduced during a game that has driven the Cinderella county wild with expectation.

Meanwhile, the Kerry football management are now seriously concerned about the hamstring injury which Colm Cooper picked up at the end of their All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin in Croke Park.

The talismanic corner forward is given only a 50-50 chance of recovering in time for the semi-final against Derry on Sunday week.

Manager Jack O’Connor said: “He’s getting treatment. It’s too early to make a call. These things take a bit of time, but it depends on the degree of severity of the injury. We’ll just have to wait and see.’’

O’Connor admitted that he was in the dark about what had happened on Saturday until after the game. “It happened right in the dying minutes. I didn’t realise it until afterwards. If we had known about it, we would have taken him off - even though we had already used up our five substitutes at that stage,’’ he stated.

Seamus Moynihan, however, is given little or no chance of playing in the game. Kept out of the last three games by a troublesome ankle injury which he picked up in a club game, he is continuing to rest in the hope that it might aid his recovery.

The Kerry manager said he would remain in the dark until such time as Moynihan tries out the ankle.

The fitness of Cooper, meanwhile, is a serious worry to O’Connor and his co-selectors, Ger O’Keeffe and Johnny Culloty.

He played a crucial role in the Munster final victory over Limerick in Fitzgerald Stadium - winning the vital penalty which helped inspire a home recovery and setting up club-mate Eoin Brosnan for the team’s second goal.

And in last Saturday’s quarter-final win over Dublin, he was the team’s outstanding forward overall, impressing particularly in the second half.

Former senior panellist David Buggy will captain Kilkenny in their bid to dethrone Cork in Sunday’s All-Ireland IHC final at Semple Stadium.

Buggy, a member of the senior panel in 2000, is named at right half-forward on a team that includes two members of the current senior squad, Ritchie Power and Diarmuid Mackey.

Power, son of the former senior star of the same name, will line out at midfield, with Mackey at top of the left. John Tennyson, last season’s minor full-back and All-Ireland colleges medal winner with St Kieran’s, fills the right half-back position.

Skipper Marc Cunningham and midfielder Shane O’Hagan will miss Tyrone’s All-Ireland MFC semi-final clash with Down tomorrow. Cunningham’s absence with a shoulder injury opens the way for Aidan Cassidy to make a first start of the season at Casement Park.

Raymond Mulgrew returns from injury at midfield, a timely replacement for hamstring victim O’Hagan, with Gerard McCaughey, who deputised for Mulgrew last time out, retaining his place in the engineroom.

Goalkeeper Jonathan Curran is back, having recovered from an ankle injury which kept him out of the last two games. Full-back Paul Marlow takes over the captaincy.

FERMANAGH (SFC v Mayo): N. Tinney; N. Bogue, B. Owens, R. McCluskey; R. Johnson, S. McDermott, P. Sherry; M. McGrath, L. McBarron; E. Maguire, J. Sherry, M. Little; C. O’Reilly, S. Maguire, C. Bradley.

KILKENNY (IHC v Cork): R. O’Neill; C. O’Neill, S. Lannigan, P. Costello; J. Tennyson, J. Costello, J. O’Neill; R. Power, C. Herrity; D. Buggy, P. Cleere, B. Phelan; M. Grace, J. Power, D. Mackey.

TYRONE (MFC v Down): J. Curran, N. McGinn, P. Marlow, D. Burke, J. Gilmore, N. Kerr, M. Murray, R. Mulgrew, G. McCaughey, C. O’Neill, A. Cassidy, R. McCrory, G. Devlin, C. Cavanagh, S. Donaghy.

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