No Donaghy for Kerry

The name of Kieran Donaghy is missing from the Kerry team announced last night for their All-Ireland SFC semi-final clash with Dublin at Croke Park on Sunday (throw-in 3.30pm).

Donaghy was dropped for last month's Munster final win over Cork before returning for the All-Ireland quarter-final victory over Cavan.

However, James O'Donoghue has been preferred for the Dublin game, with Donaghy listed among the substitutes.

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has made three changes to the side that beat Cavan 0-15 to 0-9, with O'Donoghue joining the O'Sullivans, Darran and Declan, in the full-forward line.

With Killian Young ruled out by the fractured ankle he sustained last weekend, Peter Crowley will start at centre back and the 22-year-old Mark Griffin, a Championship debutant against Cork, comes in at full-back.

Fionn Fitzgerald moves to the half-back line alongside the evergreen Tomás Ó Sé who will be making his 88th senior Championship appearance in the green and gold.

A fit-again Anthony Maher, himself a late withdrawal against Cavan, resumes in midfield at the expense of David Moran, while Colm Cooper continues on the forty with Fitzmaurice hoping that 'Gooch' will exert more influence in the pivotal centre forward position.

Maher and Cooper are two of the eight players included who started the 2011 All-Ireland final defeat by Dublin, the others being goalkeeper Brendan Kealy, Marc Ó Sé, Tomas Ó Sé, Darran and Declan O'Sullivan and Donnchadh Walsh. Paul Galvin was used as a substitute that day.

The Kingdom's bench for the semi-final this weekend includes both Bryan Sheehan and Aidan O'Mahony, who have been nursing Achilles tendon and elbow injuries respectively.

Dublin's 1-12 to 1-11 triumph over Kerry in the 2011 All-Ireland decider was their first Championship success over the Kingdom since the 1977 semi-final. In the interim, Kerry had beaten Dublin eight times and drawn once.

KERRY (SFC v Dublin): Brendan Kealy; Marc Ó Sé, Mark Griffin, Shane Enright; Tomás Ó Sé, Peter Crowley, Fionn Fitzgerald; Anthony Maher, Johnny Buckley; Paul Galvin, Colm Cooper, Donnchadh Walsh; Darran O'Sullivan, Declan O'Sullivan, James O'Donoghhue.

Subs: Brian Kelly, Kieran Donaghy, David Moran, Eoin Brosnan, Kieran O'Leary, Jack Sherwood, Bryan Sheehan, Patrick Curtin, Aidan O'Mahony, Michael Geaney, Paul Geaney.


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