Eamonn Fitzmaurice backs Paul Murphy to shine against Donegal

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has backed Paul Murphy to shine again at centre-forward, though he accepts that tomorrow’s Allianz FL Division 1 clash with Donegal in Tralee will represent a different challenge for the Rathmore man than Down did last week.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice backs Paul Murphy to shine against Donegal

Murphy was an All Star corner-back in 2014 but is again named at number 11 for tomorrow’s game.

“I thought he played very well,” Fitzmaurice said, “it was exciting for us, it was exciting for the team, and it was exciting for himself. It was something new and it gave him and us a different look.”

There are three changes for Kerry, with Brian Kelly starting in goal while Peter Crowley replaces Pádraig O’Connor and Denis Daly makes his league debut, replacing St Mary’s clubmate Aidan Walsh.

Cork manager Peadar Healy has resisted the temptation to make drastic changes to his side following the 18-point loss to Roscommon, but there are four alterations for the clash with Dublin in Croke Park tonight (7pm).

Micheál Martin takes over from Ken O’Halloran as the Rebels continue their policy of rotating goalkeepers, while Jamie O’Sullivan replaces Michael Shields at centre-back. Kevin O’Driscoll comes into midfield to partner Ian Maguire as Andrew O’Sullivan misses out and Seán Kiely is named at number 10 instead of Mark Collins.

Dublin have six changes, with goalkeeper Michael Savage, Jonny Cooper, Eric Lowndes, Brian Fenton, Ciarán Kilkenny, and Bernard Brogan all included. Stephen Cluxton, Michael Fitzsimons, John Small, Denis Bastick, Tomas Brady, and Dean Rock are the players who miss out from the win over Monaghan.

Mayo, who face the Farney County this weekend, have made two changes from the team which lost Donegal. Chris Barrett and Jason Doherty come into the team as the injured Keith Higgins and Michael Hall miss out.

In Division 2, midfielder Liam Buchanan makes his debut for Cavan against Armagh.

CORK (FL v Dublin):

M Martin (Nemo Rangers); C O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaighs), E Cadogan (Douglas), J Loughrey (Mallow); Tomás Clancy (Fermoy), J O’Sullivan (Bishopstown), B O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaighs); K O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaighs), I Maguire (St Finbarr’s); S Kiely (Ballincollig), P Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers), L Connolly (Nemo Rangers); D Goulding (Éire Óg), P Kelleher (Kilmichael), B Hurley (Castlehaven).

DOWN (FL v Roscommon):

M Cunningham (Castlewellan); R Boyle (St Peter’s), G McGovern (Burren), L Howard (Bryansford); J Flynn (Loughinisland), A Carr (Clonduff), D O’Hanlon (Kilcoo); P Turley (RGU Downpatrick), M McKay (Burren); C Maginn (Bryansford), M Poland (Longstone), K McKernan (Burren); C McGovern (Burren), C Harrison (Glasdrumman), B O’Hagan (Clonduff).

DUBLIN (FL v Cork):

M Savage (St Vincent’s); P McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams), J Cooper (Na Fianna), D Byrne (Naomh Olaf); J McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams), C O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes), E Lowndes (St Peregrine’s); B Fenton (Raheny), E Ó Conghaile (Lucan Sarsfields); P Flynn (Fingallians), D Connolly (St Vincent’s), C Kilkenny (Castleknock); C Costello (Whitehall Colmcille), P Andrews (St Brigid’s), B Brogan (St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh).

KERRY (FL v Donegal):

B Kelly (Legion); M Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), M Griffin (St Michael’s/Foilmore), S Enright (Tarbert); P Crowley (Laune Rangers), A O’Mahony (Rathmore), F Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes); K Donaghy (Austin Stacks), B Sheehan (St Mary’s); D Daly (St Mary’s), P Murphy (Rathmore), D Walsh (Cromane); D O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh-Glencar), A Fitzgerald (Castlegregory), S O’Brien (Kenmare). Subs: B Kealy (Kilcummin), P O’Connor (Legion), A Walsh (St Mary’s), C Cooper (Dr Crokes), BJ Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys), P Kilkenny (Glenbeigh-Glencar), B O’Sullivan (Valentia), J Buckley (Dr Crokes), J Sherwood (Firies), P O’Connor (Cordal), C Cox (Listowel Emmets).

MAYO (FL v Monaghan):

R Hennelly (Breaffy); B Harrison (Aghamore), G Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), C Barrett (Belmullet); L Keegan (Westport), C Boyle (Davitts), S Nally (Garrymore); T Parsons (Charlestown), J Gibbons (Ballintubber); D O’Connor (Ballintubber), A O’Shea (Breaffy), K McLoughlin (Knockmore); E Regan (Ballina Stephenites), J Doherty (Burrishoole), C O’Shea (Breaffy).

MONAGHAN (FL v Mayo):

R Beggan (Scotstown); C Walshe (Doohamlet), D Wylie (Ballybay), R Wylie (Ballybay); K Duffy (Latton), F Kelly (Clones), K O’Connell (Tyholland); N McAdam (Monaghan Harps), D Hughes (Scotstown); S Carey (Scotstown), D Malone (Castleblayney Faughs), T Kerr (Ballybay); O Duffy (Latton), D McKenna (Truagh Gaels), C McManus (Clontibret).

ROSCOMMON (FL v Down):

G Claffey (Castlerea St Kevin’s); S McDermott (Western Gaels), N Collins (St Brigid’s, Dublin), N McInerney (St Brigid’s); C Daly (Pádraig Pearses), S Purcell (Boyle), D Murray (Pádraig Pearses); E Smith (Boyle), I Kilbride (St Brigid’s); F Cregg (Elphin), C Murtagh (St Faithleach’s), C Devaney (Kilbride); C Connolly (Roscommon Gaels), S Kilbride (St Brigid’s), C Cregg (Western Gaels).

CAVAN (FL v Armagh):

R Galligan (Lacken); P Faulkner (Kingscourt), K Clarke (Shercock), J McLoughlin (Shannon Gaels); C Brady (Arvagh), C Moynagh (Drumgoon), K Brady (Mullahoran); T Corr (Denn), L Buchanan (Ballymachugh); D McVeety (Crosserlough), G McKiernan (Swanlibar), M Reilly (Killygarry); D Givney (Mountnugent), M Argue (Bailieborough), S Johnston (Cavan Gaels).

LIMERICK (FL v Kildare):

D O’Sullivan (Monaleen); J McCarthy (St Kieran’s), P Browne (Fr Caseys), S O’Dea (Kilteely-Dromkeen); M Donovan (Galbally), I Corbett (Newcastlewest), P White (Rathkeale); T Lee (Ballylanders), S Buckley (Dromcollogher-Broadford); C Sheehan (Newcastlewest), P Ranahan (Ballysteen), D Tracey (St Kieran’s); I Ryan (St Senan’s), D Neville (Ballysteen), P Nash (Kildimo-Pallaskenry).

TIPPERARY (FL v Offaly):

E Comerford (Kilsheelan-Kilcash); K Fahey (Clonmel Commercials), A Campbell (Moyle Rovers), C McDonald (Aherlow); J Feehan (Killenaule), R Kiely (Carbery Rangers, Cork), S Leahy (Arravale Rovers); A Moloney (Rockwell Rovers), M Dunne (Moyle Rovers); J Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle), P Acheson (Moyle Rovers), B Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty); C Sweeney (Ballyporeen), M Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials), N O’Donovan (Arravale Rovers).

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