Kieran Donaghy has been omitted from the Kerry team for Sunday’s Munster SFC quarter-final against Tipperary, partly due to a breach of discipline.
The Austin Stacks man, a Chelsea supporter, attended last Saturday’s Champions League final in Munich apparently against the wishes of management, while he was also late for a trial game last Friday. Donaghy has started every Kerry game since returning from injury to play in the 2009 All-Ireland final.
Paddy Curtin gets his first Championship bow in the full-forward line alongside Colm Cooper and Declan O’Sullivan while Kieran O’Leary comes in at left wing-forward. Donaghy, Aidan O’Mahony and Barry John Keane are among the substitutes.
With Marc Ó Sé out with a hamstring worry, Daniel Bohan takes the full-back spot and is flanked by Shane Enright and Killian Young.
Peter Crowley makes his Championship debut at left-half back with Tomás Ó Sé flanking Eoin Brosnan on the other wing after returning from his two-game suspension.
As anticipated, Declan Ryan has not included Lar Corbett in his starting 15 for Sunday’s Munster SHC quarter-final against Limerick.
Corbett is expected to be on the bench as Ryan starts with nine of the team that lost last year’s All-Ireland final to Kilkenny. Donagh Maher makes his championship debut at right-corner back. In midfield, James Woodlock starts his first Championship game since the 2009 All-Ireland final.
Meanwhile, Meath manager Seamus McEnaney has had to plan without Stephen Bray for Sunday’s Leinster preliminary round game against Wicklow. Bray damaged his hamstring in training this week although Joe Sheridan, who left to work in the US in March only to return a month later, has been named at full-forward.
The Wexford County Board revealed they have agreed in principle a new access to the lands at Ferns. Wexford are currently €3 million in debt.
* Antrim hurling selector Terence McNaughton has stepped down in the wake of the Ulster side’s loss to Westmeath last weekend. His withdrawal is due to other commitments.
KERRY (SF v Tipperary): B Kealy; S Enright, D Bohan, K Young; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, P Crowley; A Maher, B Sheehan; P Galvin, Darran O’Sullivan, K O’Leary; C Cooper, Declan O’Sullivan, P Curtin.
TIPPERARY (SH v Limerick): B Cummins; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; T Stapleton, C O’Mahony, P Maher; J Woodlock, B Maher; G Ryan, N McGrath, P Bourke; E Kelly, B O’Meara, J O’Brien.
MEATH (SF v Wicklow): D Gallagher; M Burke, K Reilly, S McAnarney; D Tobin, B Menton, S Kenny; C Gillespie, B Meade; A Forde, M Collins, G Reilly; B Farrell, J Sheridan, C Ward.
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