Limerick, Kildare announce teams

Despite doubts over their fitness, Padraig Browne and Stephen Kelly have both been named in the Limerick team for tomorrow evening's GAA Football All-Ireland qualifier clash with Kildare (Gaelic Grounds, throw-in 7pm).

Despite doubts over their fitness, Padraig Browne and Stephen Kelly have both been named in the Limerick team for tomorrow evening's GAA Football All-Ireland qualifier clash with Kildare (Gaelic Grounds, throw-in 7pm).

Browne and Kelly are nursing hamstring injuries. They were doubtful for Limerick's first round win over Meath last Saturday but both players featured in the first half before being replaced.

Team manager Mickey Ned O'Sullivan is obviously confident both Browne and Kelly will pull through as he has named an unchanged side for the visit of Kildare.

Corner-back Diarmuid Carroll is also nursing a groin strain so with Browne also fighting an injury, defenders Lorcan O'Dwyer, Stephen Walsh, who played in Wednesday's Munster intermediate hurling final, and Andrew Lane are on stand-by.

Should Kelly fail to make it, the Limerick management could draft in Kieran O'Callaghan, Jimmy Barry Murphy or John Cooke.

Thomas Cahill (broken hand) and Dermot Phelan (shoulder) remain on the Shannonsiders' injury list.

Ian Ryan, who grabbed the headlines with a stunning 3-07 haul against Meath, will hope to torment the Lilywhites' defence tomorrow.

The 19-year-old retains the left corner-forward berth but is almost certain to be switched to full-forward, as he was last time out.

O'Sullivan is hoping for a strong turnout of Limerick support after the home fans were outnumbered by their Meath counterparts at the Gaelic Grounds last Saturday.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader, he said: "There are some of the finest footballers in the country in Limerick and they won't come out to support them - I can't understand Limerick people that they don't have the bottle to come out and support their own.

"These are very good footballers and the people of Limerick don't believe it, but maybe they will now.

"If they were in Kerry, every man, woman and child would be out.

"I think it is important - the players would like the moral support of the 16th man. Hopefully they will come out and support us," he added.

Meanwhile, Kildare boss Kieran McGeeney has made just one change to the side that secured a last-gasp win over Cavan for tomorrow' game against Limerick.

Mark Scanlon, who was used as a substitute last time out, gets the nod over Damien Hendy at left half-back.

Kevin O'Neill reverts to his customary full-back slot, flanked by Mark O'Flaherty and Andrew McLoughlin.

Tomorrow's tie will be the first senior championship meeting between the counties.

In last weekend's first round qualifiers, Limerick beat Meath by nine points, having led by 20 points at one stage in the second half, while Kildare beat Cavan by a point after snatching a late goal through James Kavanagh.

LIMERICK (SFC v Kildare) - S Kiely; D Carroll, J McCarthy, S Gallagher; P Browne, S Lavin, P Ranahan; J O'Donovan, J Galvin; S Kelly, J Ryan, S Buckley; G Collins, M Crowley, I Ryan.

KILDARE - E Murphy; M O'Flaherty, K O'Neill, A McLoughlin; E Bolton, M Foley, M Scanlon; K Brennan, D Earley; J Kavanagh, P O'Neill, E Callaghan; A Smith, K Donnelly, J Doyle.

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