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No David Clifford as Kerry make two changes for Munster final against Limerick

Meanwhile, the Shannonsiders have named an unchanged team for Saturday’s battle.

David Clifford in action against Cork in the Munster semi-final.
David Clifford in action against Cork in the Munster semi-final.
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DAVID CLIFFORD HAS not been included in the Kerry squad for their Munster SFC final clash with Limerick on Saturday afternoon at Fitzgerald Stadium [Throw-in, 3pm, RTÉ 2].

It’s understood that Clifford picked up an injury recently as the Kingdom prepare to defend their crown in Killarney. Kerry manager Jack O’Connor has made one other change to his side for the decider, with Adrian Spillane dropping to the bench while experienced attackers Paul Geaney and Killane Spillane both come in to the full-forward line.

Meanwhile, Limerick have named an unchanged side from the team that overcame Tipperary to book their place in their first Munster SFC final since 2010.

Kerry

1. Shane Ryan (Rathmore)

2. Graham O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses), 3. Jason Foley (Ballydonoghue), 4. Tom O’Sullivan (Dingle)

5. Brian Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht), 6. Tadhg Morley (Templenoe), 7. Gavin White (Dr Crokes)

8. Diarmuid O’Connor (Na Gaeil), 9. Jack Barry (Na Gaeil),

10. Paudie Clifford (Fossa), 11. Sean O’Shea (Kenmare Shamrocks – captain), 12. Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare Shamrocks)

13. Tony Brosnan (Dr Crokes), 14. Paul Geaney (Daingean Ui Chuis), 15. Killian Spillane (Teampall Nua)

Limerick

1. Donal O’Sullivan (Monaleen, captain)

2. Sean O’Dea (Kilteely-Dromkeen), 3. Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), 4. Michael Donovan (Galbally)

5. Cian Sheehan (Newcastle West), 6. Iain Corbett (Newcastle West), 7. Paul Maher (Adare)

8. Darragh Treacy (St Kierans), 9. Cillian Fahy (Drom-Broadford)

10. Adrian Enright (Fr Caseys), 11. Brian Donovan (Monaleen), 12. James Naughton (St Senans)

13. Peter Nash (Kildimo-Pallskenry), 14. Josh Ryan (Oola), 15. Hugh Bourke (Adare).

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Beforehand in Killarney, Cork and Kerry face off in the Munster senior ladies football final [throw-in 12.15pm].

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The Rebels are the holders from 2019 and looking to get their hands on silverware again.

Standing in their way are a formidable Kerry outfit, however, with the Kingdom still on a high following their recent Lidl National League Division 2 Final win. They went on to beat Tipperary in the Munster semi-final, while Shane Ronayne’ Leesiders saw off Waterford.

It’s a big one for the Munster rivals; the winners boosted by early championship silverware and joining Donegal and Waterford in the All-Ireland series, while the runners-up will be grouped with Galway and Westmeath.

Long-time Cork goalkeeper Martina O’Brien is a notable absentee, with Mourneabbey’s Meabh O’Sullivan down to start. Dual player Libby Coppinger is included in the starting team, while also expected to feature for the camogie team against Clare later in the day.

Cork (v Kerry): M O’Sullivan; R Phelan, E Meaney, S Leahy; M Duggan, M O’Callaghan (capt.), L O’Mahony; A Hutchings, S Kelly; E Cleary, C O’Sullivan, L Coppinger; Á O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan, O Finn.  

Kerry (v Cork): C Butler; C O’Brien, K Cronin, E Lynch; A O’Connell, E Costello, C Murphy; A Galvin (capt.), C Lynch; D O’Leary, N Carmody, L Scanlon; N Ni Chonchúir, E McGlynn, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh.

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