Kingdom ring the changes for Cork replay

KILLIAN YOUNG makes a return, Darragh O Sé gets a starting place at midfield and Tommy Walsh is fit to play in the full-forward position as a new-look Kerry team prepare to take on Cork in the Munster SFC semi-final replay at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday.

Young returns after injury to take over the left half-back berth, with Aidan O’Mahony filling the centre-back position, thus enabling Tommy Griffin to move forward to partner O Sé at midfield.

Tadgh Kennelly, who started the drawn game at midfield with Michael Quirke, switches to left half-forward in place of Donnacha Walsh, while there is no starting place for Quirke.

Bryan Sheehan, who kicked five points, including the all-important equaliser last Sunday, is preferred to Darran O’Sullivan at top of the left.

For Cork there are no starting places for Michael Cussen, Noel O’Leary, Noel O’Donovan, Brian O’Regan and Colm O’Neill all of whom were introduced as substitutes during the course of last weekend’s dramatic drawn encounter at Fitzgerald Stadium.

Kieran O’Connor, who replaced the injured Ray Carey and was himself substituted by Brian O’Regan, retains the right corner-back position. James Masters, who lost out to Cussen in the first half, is again the first choice at full-forward, while Noel O’Leary, who took over from Ger Spillane, is again on the bench as the Ballygarvan player retains the left half-back berth.

Noel O’Donovan, who took over at right half-back following an injury to John Miskella, also sits out the start, with the Ballincollig skipper passed fit to don the number five shirt. Right corner-forward Daniel Goulding is preferred again to U21 captain Colm O’Neill. O’Neill kicked a spectacular 45 to give Cork a momentary lead at the death last weekend.

Meanwhile, Andreas Doyle, from the Taghmon-Camross club, makes his senior football championship debut for Wexford against Kildare in the Leinster quarter-final at Dr Cullen Park, Carlow on Saturday. Named at left half-back, Doyle is the only newcomer on a team that otherwise has a familiar look.

Redmond Barry returns – he did not take part in any of the league encounters – but Wexford will be without Matty Forde, who has a long-term back injury. After a poor league campaign, Wexford are hoping to turn things around with a win over a much-fancied Kildare side who already have a win under their belt.

Kildare have been dealt a double blow with the news neither Kevin O’Neill nor Mikey Conway will be fit to start. It was thought O’Neill has failed to recover sufficiently from a dislocated shoulder.

In contrast, Conway has responded well to treatment on a knee injury suffered in the Offaly game. However, medical advice is he shouldn’t start given he has a ligament problem and the fact he has previously suffered a torn cruciate, so the best he can hope for is a place on the bench.

That leaves Morgan O’Flaherty and Andriú MacLochlainn amongst those pushing hard for inclusion.

Meanwhile, Ken Donnelly showed he had fully recovered from the knee operation that kept him out for the Offaly clash by scoring 2-2 for his club Ellistown at the weekend and will add to the Lilywhites’ attacking options.

With Pádraig Clancy and Kevin Meaney continuing their midfield partnership and captain Brian McCormack leading the attack, Laois have stuck with their old faithfuls for Sunday’s Leinster SFC quarter-final showdown with Louth at Parnell Park.

Wicklow manager Mick O’Dwyer has kept faith with the team that beat Longford for Sunday’s Leinster SFC quarter-final against Westmeath at Tullamore.

Donegal introduce one newcomer for Sunday’s Ulster SFC clash with Antrim at Ballybofey. Michael McGuire from the Naomh Columba club makes his debut at left half-back with veteran Christy Toye injured.

* KILKENNY All-Ireland winning captain of last year, James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick is a serious doubt for the Leinster senior hurling semi-final against Galway in Tullamore on Saturday week. The Ballyhale midfielder picked up a hand injury in training and x-rays have revealed bone damage. However, Kilkenny haven’t given up hope that Fitzpatrick might be fit.

CORK (SFC v Kerry); A. Quirke; K. O’Connor, M. Shields, A. Lynch; J. Miskella, G. Canty, G. Spillane; A. O’Connor, N. Murphy; P. Kelly, P. O’Neill, P. Kerrigan; D. Goulding, J. Masters, D. O’Connor.

KERRY (SF v Cork): D. Murphy; M. O Sé, T. O’Sullivan, P. Reidy; T. O Sé, A. O’Mahony, K Young; D. O Sé, T. Griffin; P Galvin, D. O’Sullivan, T Kennelly; C. Cooper, T Walsh, B. Sheehan.

Subs: G Reidy, D O’Sullivan, D Walsh, D Moran, M Quirke A O’Shea, S O’Sullivan, P O’Connor, E Brosnan, D Bohan, M Corridan, K Quirke, BJ Walsh, S Scanlon, M F Russell.

DONEGAL (SFC v Antrim): P. Durcan; E. McGee, N. McGee, K. Lacey; B. Dunnion, K.Cassidy, M. McGuire; N. Gallagher, B. Boyle; C. Bonner, M. Hegarty, R. Kavanagh; C. McFadden, M. Murphy, C. Dunne.

WEXFORD (SFC v Kildare): A. Masterson, B. Malone, P. Wallace, G. Molloy; C. Morris (Capt.), D. Murphy, A. Doyle, B. Doyle, E. Bradley; A. Morrissey, R. Barry, C. Byrne; C. Lyng, S. Cullen, PJ Banville.

WICKLOW (SFC v Westmeath): M. Travers; C. Hyland, D. Power, A. Byrne; P. McWalter, D. O hAnnaidh, P. Dalton; J. Stafford, T. Walsh; T. Hannon, L. Glynn (captain), R. Nolan; D. Odlum, S. Furlong, P. Earls.

LAOIS (SFC v Louth): M. Nolan; C. Ryan, M.Timmons, R. Stapleton; Darren Rooney, G. Reddin, J. O’Loughlin; Padraig Clancy, K. Meaney; B. Quigley, B. McCormack, Captain, P. OLeary; M. J. Tierney, R. Munnelly, D. Kingston.

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