With thanks to Gamechanger for the heads-up about the announcement, Kerry have this evening named their team for Sunday’s mouth-watering Super 8s meeting with our lads. Here’s the team they’ve named for it:
Kerry (All-Ireland SFC quarter-final, Group 1, Phase 1 v Mayo 14/7/2019): Shane Ryan (Rathmore); Jason Foley (Ballydonoghue), Tadhg Morley (Templenoe), Tom O’Sullivan (Dingle); Paul Murphy (Rathmore), Jack Sherwood (Firies), Gavin White (Dr Crokes, captain); David Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys), Diarmuid O’Connor (Na Gaeil); Micheál Burns (Dr Crokes), Seán O’Shea (Kenmare), Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare); David Clifford (Fossa), Paul Geaney (Dingle), Dara Moynihan (Spa, Killarney).
The team they’ve named shows one change from the side that started against Cork in the Munster final three weekends back. Out goes midfielder Jack Barry and he’s replaced by Micheál Burns, who slots into the team at wing-forward. The consequent switch sees Diarmuid O’Connor – their one, not ours – shift to midfield alongside David Moran.
Looking back to their League final line-up against us, this is a very different Kerry side. Sunday’s team only contains nine survivors from the fifteen who started against us that March day in Croke Park.
Gone from then are Peter Crowley, Graham O’Sullivan, Gavin Crowley, Jack Barry, Tommy Walsh and Kevin McCarthy with that sextet replaced on the team named for Sunday by Jason Foley, Tadhg Morley, Gavin White, David Moran, Micheál Burns and Paul Geaney. Of that group, Jason Foley and Paul Geaney both made substitute appearances in the League final.
No sign of any official team announcement from our end yet but, once again, the Connaught Telegraph have published a leaked version (which is here). When the paper did this last week the details proved to be correct so you’d have to assume that this team-list is accurate too, though that remains to be confirmed.
What also should be confirmed is the identity of whoever is leaking this information. Aside from being counter-productive it’s an embarrassment and a leak that needs to be plugged.