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Kildare make 13 changes for final with Galway as Banty names Wexford side for league decider

There’s silverware on offer in Croke Park this weekend.

KILDARE BOSS CIAN O’Neill has made 13 changes to his side for Sunday’s Allianz Division 2 football league final against Galway.

pjimage Kildare's Kevin Feely and Wexford's Seamus McEnaney

The sides met last Sunday in Salthill with Galway triumphing by 0-14 to 0-13 but with Kildare having already secured promotion to Division 1 before the game, O’Neill used the opportunity to give game time to several players in his squad.

The only two survivors from last Sunday’s starting team are Fionn Dowling and Ben McCormack, who will start at centre-forward and corner-forward respectively.

Full-back David Hyland, wing-back Keith Cribbin, midfielder Kevin Feely, wing-forward Paul Cribbin and full-forward Niall Kelly all came on as substitutes in that game in Pearse Stadium.

Throw-in on Sunday in Croke Park is 2pm.


Wexford boss Seamus ‘Banty’ McEnaney has also made wholesale changes to his side for tomorrow’s Division 4 decider against Westmeath. Wexford had secured promotion after five rounds and there are only two survivors from the side hammered by 24 points by Westmeath in their recent encounter in Round 6.

Centre-back John Leacy and wing-forward Paul Curtis are the only players who featured for Wexford in that heavy defeat. Established players like Brian Malone, captain Daithi Waters, Ben Brosnan, Ciaran Lyng and PJ Banville all come back into the starting team.


1. Mark Donnellan (Maynooth)

2. Mick O’Grady (Celbridge)
3. David Hyland (Athy)
4. Ollie Lyons (Celbridge)

5. Johnny Byrne (Allenwood)
6. Eoin Doyle (Naas – captain)
7. Keith Cribbin (Johnstownbridge)

8. Kevin Feely (Athy)
9. Tommy Moolick (Leixlip)

10. Fergal Conway (Celbridge)
11. Fionn Dowling (Suncroft)
12. Paul Cribbin (Johnstownbridge)

13. Chris Healy (Two Mile House)
14. Niall Kelly (Athy)
15. Ben McCormack (Sarsfields)


1. Shane Roche (Geraldine O Hanrahan’s)

2. Brian Malone (Shelmaliers)
3. Jim Rossiter (St Fintan’s)
4. Michael Furlong (Adamstown)

5. Eoghan Nolan (Shelmaliers)
6. John Leacy (Glynn Barntown)
7. Ronan Devereux (Crossabeg Ballymurn)

8. Daithi Waters (St Martin’s – captain)
9. Colm Kehoe (Cloughbawn)

10. Kevin O’Grady (St James Ramsgrange)
11. Ben Brosnan (Castletown – vice captain)
12. Paul Curtis (Clongeen)

13. Ciaran Lyng (St Martin’s)
14. John Tubritt (Fethard)
15. PJ Banville (Horeswood)

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