Wednesday 16 January 2019

Kerry to win with Brosnan

MAYO v KERRY, Castlebar, Tomorrow 2.45, (Deferred coverage on TG4)

COLM Cooper returns to the Kerry team for the first time this year, yet all the talk in the Kingdom is of the resumption of inter-county activity by Eoin Brosnan, who starts at centre-back after a two-year absence.

Veteran Seamus Scanlon comes in at midfield for the misfiring Anthony Maher, while Shane Enright gets a first taste of League action at corner-back.

James Horan, meanwhile, has had to change more than half his team with Keith Higgins, Alan Freeman and Enda Varley all absent, but experienced campaigners, Trevor Howley and Peadar Gardiner, return to the side.

ODDS: Mayo 7/5, Draw 7/1, Kerry 3/4



Newry, Tomorrow 2.30

IT'S not the first time in the past few years the Galway footballers will come under a microscopic glare more for what's happening off the pitch rather than on it but one can't help but wonder how things have gone so wrong so quickly for Tomás Ó Flatharta.

The shock announcements of Kieran Fitzgerald and Niall Coyne that they were leaving the squad just six weeks into the season owing to work and injury reasons means Colin Forde and David Reilly start in their places tomorrow.

On the bright side, Joe Bergin returns to the team, slotting it at number 10 in place of Ger Higgins.

However, they're coming up against a young, vibrant and united Down side that could over run them in Newry.

ODDS: Down 2/5, Draw 15/2, Galway 5/2



Athletic Grounds, Tomorrow 2.45

ORCHARD County fans will have been heartened by the effort and cohesion of their team in the opening round defeat by Dublin and, in particular, the contributions of both Gareth Swift and Stevie McDonnell in attack.

This week, Martin O'Rourke is added to the forward mix, coming in at centre-forward while Finian Moriarty returns to the side at corner-back for the unfortunate Vincent Martin, who is expected to miss the rest of the League with a thigh muscle injury.

Monaghan, meanwhile, will again plan without the majority of the players who lined out in last year's Ulster final but won't have the comfort of facing a side as dismal as Galway again this year.

ODDS: Armagh 8/13, Draw 13/2, Monaghan 7/4


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