KILDARE have made four changes to the starting 15 for Sunday’s National Football League game against Kerry at St Conleth’s Park.
Following Gary White’s departure from the panel, Confey’s Hugh Lynch fills the vacant midfield berth for Sunday’s third round fixture. There is one change at the back where Eoin Doyle replaces Ollie Lyons while Niall Kelly and Tomas O’Connor – the second half supersubs against Cork in round two – are named in the starting 15 ahead of Cathal McNally and Eoghan O’Flaherty, who got the nod for the previous game against the Rebels. However both Kelly and wing-back Emmet Bolton face fitness tests on Saturday.
With slightly more than 6,000 tickets available for Sunday’s game against Kerry, the game is expected to be a sellout when it throws in at 2pm. Meanwhile
the Kerry team shows six changes in personnel from the side that started in Round 2 against Dublin. Shane Enright comes in for Peter Crowley in the full back line, there is a new midfield pairing of Kieran Donaghy and captain, Eoin Brosnan in place of the injured Anthony Maher and James Walsh, and up front Donnchadh Walsh resumes to lead the attack after a long layoff with injury, while the Dr Crokes pair of Johnny Buckley and Kieran O’Leary return from club duty, Michael Geaney, Michael O’Donoghue and Patrick Curtin are the ones to lose out.
KILDARE (v Kerry):
Shane Connolly; Peter Kelly, Michael Foley, Hugh McGrillen; Emmet Bolton, Mikey Conway, Eoin Doyle; Hugh Lynch, Pádraig O’Neill; Brian Flanagan, Niall Kelly, Daniel Flynn; Seanie Johnston, Tomás O’Connor, Johnny Doyle.
KERRY: Brendan Kealy; Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Shane Enright; Jonathan Lyne, Tomás Ó Sé, Killian Young; Kieran Donaghy, Eoin Brosnan; Darran O’Sullivan, Donnchadh Walsh, Johnny Buckley; Kieran O’Leary, James O’Donoghue, Barry John Keane.