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Sherwood and O'Donoghue to make league debuts for Kerry

Manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has handed new players the chance to impress on Sunday.

Kerry player Michael O'Donoghue.
Kerry player Michael O'Donoghue.
Image: INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

JACK SHERWOOD AND Michael O’Donoghue will make their league debuts for Kerry against Mayo on Sunday.

Manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has named two debutants in his side for his first league game in charge.

Firies club man Sherwood, who will start at centre-back, featured under Fitzmaurice at U21 level last year.

O’Donoghue, from the Spa club, is selected at wing-forward and is the winner of All-Ireland medals at U21 and junior level.

Both players featured for Kerry in last Saturday’s McGrath Cup final victory over Tipperary with 13 of that Kingdom side in action for the trip to Castlebar for Sunday’s Division 1 tie.

In defence Killian Young comes in for Tomás Ó Sé, who is unavailable this weekend, at left half-back.

Johnny Buckley, who has been released by All-Ireland club semi-finalists Dr Crokes for the game, starts at midfield instead of Bryan Sheehan. Buckley will captain the team.

Several players are unavailable for Kerry on Sunday with injuries ruling out James O’Donoghue (shoulder), Declan O’Sullivan (wear & tear), David Moran (cruciate), Donnchadh Walsh (hip/groin) and Stephen O’Brien (shoulder).

Kieran Donaghy is away on his honeymoon while club commitments rule out the Dr Crokes quartet of Colm Cooper, Eoin Brosnan, Kieran O’Leary and Brian Looney, Finuge’s Paul Galvin and Kenmare’s Paul O’Connor.

Other bring players given the chance to impress on Sunday include Jonathan Lyne at wing-back and the Geaney cousins, Michael and Paul, from Dingle at wing-forward and corner-forward respectively.

KERRY: Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin); Marc Ó Sé (An Gaeltacht), Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore), Shane Enright (Tarbert); Jonathan Lyne (Legion), Jack Sherwood (Firies), Killian Young (Renard); Anthony Maher (Duagh), Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes); Michael Geaney (Dingle), Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar), Michael O’Donoghue (Spa); Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys), Patrick Curtin (Moyvane), Paul Geaney (Dingle).

The Kerry substitutes list includes a mix of established senior panelists like Peter Crowley, Bryan Sheehan and Brian Maguire, and newcomers like Conor Cox, Mark Griffin and Shane O’Carroll.

Subs: Brian Kelly (Legion), Bryan Sheehan (St Mary’s), Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers), David Culhane (Ballylongford), Brian Maguire (Listowel Emmett’s), Conor Cox (Listowel Emmett’s), Andrew Garnett (Spa), Barry John Walsh (Kerins O’Rahillys), Mark Griffin (St Michael’s-Foilmore), Shane O’Carroll (Austin Stacks), Darragh O’Sullivan (Dingle).

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