James O’Donoghue starts for Kerry against Tyrone

James O’Donoghue has recovered to take his place in the Kerry side to play Tyrone in Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final in Croke Park (throw-in 3.30pm).

James O’Donoghue starts for Kerry against Tyrone

O’Donoghue suffered a shoulder injury in the quarter-final win over Kildare but has recovered sufficiently to face the Red Hand.

Captain Kieran Donaghy — left out against Kildare — has been named at full-forward by coach Eamon Fitzmaurice. While he was also initially selected for the quarter-final win against Kildare, Donaghy was replaced by Colm Cooper shortly before throw-in in the 7-16 to 0-10 win. Paul Geaney misses out as Donaghy is selected alongside Cooper and O’Donoghue in the full-forward line, while Johnny Buckley replaces Bryan Sheehan at centre-forward.

There is one change in the Kerry defence, where Peter Crowley comes in for Aidan O’Mahony. In addition, Pa Kilkenny and Alan Fitzgerald are included among the substitutes instead of injured pair Michael Geaney and Jack Sherwood.

Tyrone have made just one change, with Justin McMahon replacing his brother Joe at centre-back. The latter, having undergone on surgery on a hernia problem, is named as a sub.

Kerry legend Jack O’Shea has urged the Kingdom to “smile and not react” in the face of any provocation on Sunday.

O’Shea accepts that verbals will be a factor at Croke Park next Sunday, but urged Kerry to turn the other cheek if Tyrone engage in sledging.

He insisted: “That’s part and parcel of every game, you have to live with that. The best way to deal with that is to smile and don’t react. Kerry have to concentrate on themselves. Tyrone play a defensive type of game, get behind the ball and counterattack a lot.

“Against Monaghan, the gameplan worked on the counter-attack, with Sean Cavanagh and Darren McCurry up front. They were finding them with ball when they had to.” Seven-time senior medallist O’Shea insisted that the Tiernan McCann saga will have absolutely no bearing on Sunday’s tie.

“He got off last night (Wednesday) and there was never any doubt that he was going to get off. And he’s a very good footballer. He came on against Meath and turned the game around and he’s been really good since.

“He brings the ball out of defence and he’s a bit in the Paul Galvin mould, a very good footballer now.

“He would have been a huge loss to them but it’s a big bonus that he’s been released to play.” “Kerry would have been preparing to face Tyrone with McCann but other things will crop up on Sunday and Kerry must adapt to the situations.

“Kerry have to be positive. They’re the better side and more established. If they apply their game, I feel they’ll be able to overcome Tyrone. They’ll have to win pretty or win nasty. Semi-finals are all about winning and I’m sure there are still a few lads around still hurting from previous defeats against Tyrone. They haven’t a great record against Tyrone and they’ll want to put that straight as well.”

Meanwhile, Jim Gavin has cranked up the mind games ahead of Sunday week’s All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo by saying Dublin are used to picking up fewer frees than their opponents from referees. The Dublin boss echoed the sentiments he expressed after beating Mayo in the 2013 All-Ireland final when he criticised Joe McQuillan’s performance and the 32 frees they conceded in contrast to 12 won.

Speaking to Beanbagsports.com, Galvin said: “No more so than the players, any referees or linesmen who are officiating these games are there on merit... 2013 was two years ago, a long time in football, but no matter what decisions go against us... I don’t have the statistics but in most games it goes against us, the free count.

“But that’s something we can’t control. We’ve become accustomed to that now at this stage and we just get on with it.”

KERRY (SF v Tyrone):

B Kealy (Kilcummin); P Murphy (Rathmore), M Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), S Enright (Tarbert); J Lyne (Legion), P Crowley (Laune Rangers), K Young (Renard); A Maher (Duagh), D Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys); S O’Brien (Kenmare), J Buckley (Dr Crokes), D Walshe (Cromane); C Cooper (Dr Crokes), K Donaghy (Austin Stacks), J O’Donoghue (Legion). Subs: B Kelly (Legion), A O’Mahony (Rathmore), B Sheehan (St Mary’s), P Geaney (Dingle), BJ Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys), D O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh-Glencar), F Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes), P Galvin (Finuge), T Walsh (Kerins O’Rahillys), P Kilkenny (Glenbeigh-Glencar), A Fitzgerald (Castlegregory).

TYRONE (SF v Kerry):

N Morgan (Edendork); A McCrory (Errigal Ciarán), R McNamee (Aghyaran), C McCarron (Dromore); R McNabb (Dromore), Justin McMahon (Omagh), P Harte (Errigal Ciarán); C Cavanagh (Moy), M Donnelly (Trillick); T McCann (Killyclogher), M Bradley (Killyclogher), C Meyley (Omagh); C McCurry (Edendork), S Cavanagh (Moy), C McAliskey (Clonoe). Subs: M O’Neill (Clonoe), L Brennan (Trillick), R Brennan (Trillick), C Clarke (Omagh), R Donnelly (Trillick), D McBride (Strabane), C McCann (Killyclogher), Joe McMahon (Omagh), P McNulty (Dungannon), P McNulty (Dungannon), R O’Neill (Omagh), B Tierney (Omagh).

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