Friday 15 December 2017

Donaghy left out for Cork clash

Kerry's Kieran Donaghy. Picture: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Kerry's Kieran Donaghy. Picture: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

EAMONN FITZMAURICE'S first major team selection as Kerry manager has spawned his first major decision – if yesterday's team announcement is to be believed.

Kieran Donaghy has been omitted from the named Kingdom XV set to lock horns with Cork in Killarney on Sunday (2.0), with Darran O'Sullivan promoted to Fitzmaurice's starting attack.

The 2006 Footballer of the Year started Kerry's cakewalks over Waterford and Tipperary en route to Sunday's Munster final, scoring a point against the latter and a goal against the former and was substituted against the Déise.

He has, however, endured two average seasons with Kerry and was regularly moved from the full-forward line back into where he initially made his name at midfield by Fitzmaurice's predecessor Jack O'Connor in an attempt to locate some form.



Most likely, Cork will name a full-back line of Eoin Cadogan, Michael Shields and Damien Cahalane, with Cadogan the prime contender to line out at No 3.

With both Darran and Declan O'Sullivan – along with James O'Donoghue – listed to start in the Kerry full-forward line, Fitzmaurice could well be plotting to utilise Kerry's paciest players on Cork's more meaty inside defenders.

Donaghy has, in the past, also linked up to effect with Colm Cooper but with the Dr Crokes man again expected to line out at centre-forward for Kerry, that partnership is largely redundant.

The only other changes to the Kerry selection see Mark Griffin picked at full-back, making his first championship start in place of the injured Aidan O'Mahony, while Shane Enright takes the No 4 jersey in place of Fionn Fitzgerald.

KERRY (SF v Cork): B Kealy; M ó Sé, M Griffin, S Enright; T ó Sé, K Young, P Crowley; A Maher, J Buckley; P Galvin, C Cooper, D Walsh; Darran O'Sullivan, Declan O'Sullivan, J O'Donoghue.

LAOIS (MH v Kilkenny): E Rowland; G Dunne, R Mullaney, E Cuddy; D Palmer, C McEvoy, R Delahunty; L O'Connell, C Stapleton; J Lennon, L Bergin, A Corby; D Cripps, J Campion, S Bergin.



An injury time goal from Robbie Sharkey earned Thomas Davis a deserved share of the spoils following their 3-12 to 2-15 draw with Ballymun Kickhams in their Dublin Adult Football League Division 1 encounter at a sun-kissed Kiltipper Road last night, writes Ronan MacLochlainn.

The hosts started with points from Ciaran Farrelly and Paul Hudson, who shared 2-7 over the hour. Ballymun, with Ted Furman threatening at full-forward, remained in the hunt though the efforts of Sean George at midfield and a penalty converted by Kevin Leahy.

The visitors opened up a lead on the restart with Liam O'Donovan kicking four points from play but solid contributions from Chris Galvin, Eoin Kirby, Dean Cahill and Dean Brennan allied to David Byrne's 50th minute dismissal allowed the hosts to earn a deserved point at the death.

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