Colm Cooper returns for Kerry ahead of trip to Mayo – Allianz National League

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has made further changes to his Kerry side following last weekend’s heated affair against Donegal which saw the Kingdom clinch their second league victory. Fitzmaurice takes his side to McHale Park to face familiar opponents Mayo in the fifth round of the National League. Here are the three changes to the Kerry starting 15:

Brendan Kealy starts in goal replacing Brian Kelly as Eamonn Fitzmaurice continues to rotate his goalkeepers. Johnny Buckley returns to the starting team coming in for Denis Daly in the half forward line. Last but most certainly not least Colm ‘The Gooch’ Cooper returns from injury for his first start in this year’s League replacing the suspended Alan Fitzgerald.

The substitutes bench also welcomes some familiar faces who return from various injuries.Michael Geaney joins the match day squad for the first time since the All Ireland Quarter Final against Kildare last August. Kieran O’Leary also returns to the Kerry fold after he missed all of last year’s championship through injury. However Tommy Walsh, Killian Young and David Moran are still nursing knocks and will not travel to Mayo tomorrow.

The full team is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy
2. Marc Ó Sé
3. Mark Griffin
4. Shane Enright
5. Peter Crowley
6. Aidan O’Mahony
7. Fionn Fitzgerald
8. Kieran Donaghy
9. Bryan Sheehan (C)
10. Johnny Buckley
11. Paul Murphy
12. Donnchadh Walsh
13. Darran O’Sullivan
14. Colm Cooper
15. Stephen O’Brien

Substitutes:

16. Brian Kelly
17. Denis Daly
18. Padraig O’Connor
19. Barry John Keane
20. Aidan Walsh
21. Pa Kilkenny
22. Brendan O’Sullivan
23. Philip O’Connor
24. Michael Geaney
25. Jonathan Lyne
26. Kieran O’Leary

Tomorrow’s encounter has all the signs of being an absolute cracker. The two sides famously went to extra time in the 2014 All Ireland Semifinal replay with Kerry coming out the better of the two. Throw in is at 2:30pm and you won’t want to miss it!

 

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