Young to make league debut for Kingdom in opening clash with Mayo

TWENTY-YEAR-OLD Killian Young from the Renard club makes his National Football League debut for Kerry when they take on Mayo in the opening round at Castlebar on Sunday.

Young has been named at left corner back in a team that includes five other players who did not start in last season’s successful All-Ireland final against the same opposition — Brendan Guiney, Paddy Kelly, Eoin Brosnan, Micéal Quirke and new team captain Bryan Sheehan.

Guiney is selected at left half back, Brosnan is on the forty, with Kelly positioned on the left wing. Quirke takes over the full-forward berth, with Kieran Donaghy reverting back to midfield and Sheehan comes in at left corner forward.

Meanwhile, Roscommon boss John Maughan has received an early season boost with three key players bouncing back from injury. Maughan will name midfielder Seamus O’Neill and last year’s captain and full-back David Casey on the bench for Sunday’s league opener against Monaghan at Dr Hyde Park, but is hoping not to have to use either of them.

And fears that wing-back Stuart Daly would have to undergo surgery have not materialised.

Wexford will be without attacker Eric Bradley for their opening NFL clash with Waterford. The Adamstown clubman will be forced to sit out Sunday’s clash as the result of a knee injury. With John Hudson already out owing to work commitments, Bradley’s defection leaves Manager Paul Bealin short on attacking options.

However, he will be boosted by the return of Redmond Barry, while long serving netminder John Cooper is expected to return.

While Wexford, along with Meath, will be favourites in Division 2b, Manager Bealin feels it’s essential to get off to a winning start.

Elsewhere, Limerick introduce four newcomers to NFL action for Sunday’s visit to Clones to play Fermanagh in Division 1B, having won promotion last season. They are Diarmuid Carroll, Pa Ranahan, Thomas Cahill and James Ryan.

Captain Padraig Browne, currently studying in Edinburgh, has made himself available and he will line out at centre back. Michael Reidy continues at left full forward, with his Drom-Broadford clubmate Jason Stokes alongside him.

Donie Brennan is the highest profile casualty as Laois manager Liam Kearns named his panel. Craig Rogers, Jason Enright and Colm Kelly have also been cast adrift.

Meanwhile, Meath have named Anthony Moyles as their captain for the season. Moyles impressed manager Colm Coyle with his leadership skills when skippering his club to the senior league Division 2 title last October.

The Tipperary team to play Cork in the Waterford Crystal SH final on Sunday, shows three changes from the side which defeated Clare in last Sunday’s semi-final.

David Fitzgerald comes in for the injured Paddy Stapleton at left half back; Colm Morrissey takes over from Aidan Fitzgerald at midfield while Dara Egan is preferred to Pa Bourke in attack.

KERRY (SF v Mayo): D. Murphy; M. O’Se, T. O’Sullivan, K. Young; T. O’Se, A. O’Mahony, B. Guiney; D. O’Se, K. Donaghy; S. O’Sullivan, E. Brosnan, P. Kelly; C. Cooper, M. Quirke, B. Sheehan.

TIPPERARY (SH v Cork): B. Cummins; E. Buckley, P. Maher, D. Fanning; V. Doheny, D. Maher, D. Fitzgerald; C. Morrissey, S. Lillis; T. Scroupe, D. Egan, L. Corbett; E. Kelly, M. Webster, P. Kelly.

OFFALY (SH v Kilkenny, Walsh Cup): R. Murray; C. Hernon, P. Cleary, D. Franks; C. Horan, K. Brady, D. Kenny; B. Teehan, G. Hanniffy; D. Molloy, R. Hanniffy (Capt), E. Bevans; C. Parlon, J. Bergin, A. Egan.

OFFALY (SF v Leitrim)): K. Meehan; G. Rafferty, J. Quinn, N. Grennan; K. Slattery, S. Sullivan, E. Byrne; C. McManus, K. Hogan; S. Brady, PJ. Ward, A. McNamee; T. Deehan, N. Coughlan, N. McNamee.

LIMERICK (SF v Fermanagh): S. Kiely; D. Carroll, J. McCarthy, S. Gallagher; P. Ahern, P. Browne, P. Ranahan; T. Cahill, J. Galvin; J. Ryan, D. Horan, J. Cooke; M. Crowley, J. Stokes, M. Reidy.

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