KERRY captain Paul Galvin makes his first appearance for his county since last year’s All-Ireland final when he lines out at right half forward for Sunday’s Munster SFC semi-final clash with Clare in Killarney.
Injury kept the St Brendan’s school teacher out of the side for the entire league campaign but he is fully recovered and assumes the captaincy for Sunday’s tie with the Banner County.
Not surprisingly U21 star Tommy Walsh will make his championship debut at full forward. The Kerins O’Rahillys youngster is one of the most exciting players to burst on the scene in the Kingdom in years and is following in the footsteps of his illustrious father Sean.
Tommy Griffin who enjoyed a great league campaign at left half back, retains that position but both Killian Young and Kieran Donaghy were not risked due to injury. They are included among the subs however.
Given how well he played during this year’s league campaign the final of which Kerry lost to Galway, Darren O’Sullivan can count himself unfortunate not to make the starting 15.
Clare manager Frank O’Doherty introduces two newcomers to senior championship football for Sunday’s Munster semi-final against Kerry in Killarney.
Laurence Healy is named at right corner back while Colm Dillon comes into the side at full forward. David Connole and Sean Collins are also included, despite sitting their Leaving Cert exams at the moment, while Niall Considine has recovered from a calf muscle injury he sustained in a challenge against Galway and takes his place at right half back.
Captain Michael O’Shea, who missed the first-round win over Waterford through injury, remains a notable absentee.
Tyrone manager Micky Harte has made three changes to his team from the side which drew with Down last Sunday for their Ulster SFC quarter-final replay.
Goalkeeper Pascal McConnell loses his place to John Devine, PJ Quinn comes in at left corner back for Damien McCaul while Ciaran Gourley takes over from Colin Holmes.
Gourley takes over at centre back from Conor Gormley who now forms a new midfield partnership with Enda McGinley. who moves out from left half forward. His place is taken by Conor Cavanagh with his brother Sean Cavanagh switching to full forward from midfield.
The Armagh team to play Cavan shows six changes from the side that drew with Cork in their last competitive game in the National League.
Into the team comes Andy Mallon at right corner back for Paul Kernan; Ciaran Toner partners Paul McGrane at midfield with Donal McKenna the player to lose out. up front, Martin O’Rourke replaces Brian Mallon at left half forward; Stephen McDonnell returns in place of the injured Oisín McConville, Ronan Clarke takes over at full forward from George Swift while Paddy McKeever is named at left corner forward in place of Michael O’Rourke. Charlie Vernon moves from right half forward to right half back swapping with Aaron Kernan.
KERRY (SFC v Clare): D. Murphy; M. Ó Sé, T. O’Sullivan, P. Reidy; T. Ó Sé, A. O’Mahony, T. Griffin; D. Ó Sé, S. Scanlon; P. Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan, E. Brosnan; C. Cooper, T. Walsh, B. Sheehan.
Subs: K. Cremin, K. Donaghys, K. Young, S. O’Sullivan, M. Quirke, Darren O’Sullivan, D. Bophane, MF Russell, P. O’Connor, K. O’Leary, D., Walsh, D. Moran, M. Moloney, R. Ó Flatharta.
TYRONE (SFC v Down): J. Devine; R. McMenamin, J. McMahon, PJ Quinn; D. Harte, C. Gourley, P. Jordan; C. Gormley, E. McGinley; B. Dooher, B. McGuigan, C. Cavanagh; M. Penrose, S. Cavanagh, C. McCullagh,
CLARE (SF v Kerry): J Hayes; L Healy, C Whelan, G Kelly; N Considine, D Connole, J Hayes; G Quinlan, G Brennan; D Russell, S Hickey, S Collins; R Donnelly, C Dillon, D Tubridy.
ARMAGH (SFC v Cavan): P. Hearty; A. Mallon, F. Bellow, F. Moriarty; C. Vernon, A. O’Rourke, C. McKeever; P. McGrane, C. Toner; A. Kernan, S. Kernan, M. O’Rourke; S. McDonnell, R. Clarke, P. McKeever.
KERRY (JFC v Clare): S. Óg Ó Ciardubháin (Cordal); K. Quirke (Duagh), W. Sullivan (Skellig Rangers), C. O’Mahony (Ballydonoghue); F. Griffin (Glenbeigh/Glencar), F. McAuliffe (Gneeveguilla), J. King (Beale); A. Maher (Duagh), A. Garnet (Spa); A. O’Sullivan (Tuosist), JP Brosnan (Gneeveguillla), M. O’Donoghue (Spa); P. Curran (Waterville), N. Fleming (Ballydesmond), C. Daly (Churchill).
Subs: M. Moriarty (Beaufort,), A. Cahillane (Keel), D. Doyle (Churchill), JP Leahy (Ballyduff), N. Óg Horgan (Beale), E. Mangan (Ballylongford), N. Mahony (Spa), D. O’Sullivan (Lispole), P. McCarthy (Currow)
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