O'Neill returns, O'Sullivan held in wait and all the rest of the weekend's team news
Stephen O’Neill is back in the Tyrone team and Darran O’Sullivan has been held in reserve for Kerry ahead of the mouth-watering qualifier clash tomorrow evening. Here’s all the weekend team news.
O’Sullivan was sprung from the bench for the Kingdom in their escape from Mullingar last Sunday and having scored the crucial goal that eventually sealed Kerry’s progress; he was called ashore once again to protect a troublesome hamstring injury.
He’ll more than likely feature at some stage against the Red Handers, who have called on veteran Stephen O’Neill to line out alongside Martin Penrose and Owen Mulligan in an en experienced and tasty looking full forward line.
O’Neill’s inclusion at the expense of Johnny Lafferty is the only change in the Tyrone team, while Shane Enright replaces Brian Maguire in an otherwise unchanged starting XV.
In Leinster, Seamus McEnaney has shuffled his pack ever so slightly ahead of the renewal of an old rivalry with the Dubs on Sunday, with Kevin Reilly and Stephen Bray coming in for Ciaran Lenehan and Cian Ward. The positional switches mean that Mickey Burke will line out at corner back and Bryan Menton moves to the half back line, while Reilly will pick up Michael Darragh MacAuley if he lines out at the edge of the square as selected, even it seems likely that he won’t stay there for long.
Given their impressive march through Ulster to date, there’s little reason for Jim McGuinness to ring the changes and he’s only made the one injury forced switch for the showdown with Down in Clones on Sunday.
Leo McLoone comes in at centre forward in place of Neil Gallagher, while James McCartan welcomes big guns Benny Coulter and Dan Gordon into his starting XV, with Aidan Branagan also coming into the half back line in place of the suspended Conor Garvey.
Kerry (SF v Tyrone): B Kealy; M Ó Sé, A O’Mahony, S Enright; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, K Young; A Maher, B Sheehan; P Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh, J O’Donoghue, C Cooper, K Donaghy.
Tyrone (SF v Kerry): P McConnell; A McCrory, C Clarke, D Carlin; C McCarron, C Gormley, Seán O’Neill; J McMahon, C Cavanagh; Mattie Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, P Harte; M Penrose, Stephen O’Neill, O Mulligan.
Meath (SF v Dublin): D Gallagher; D Keogan, K Reilly, M Burke; D Tobin, S McAnarney, B Menton; C Gillespie, B Meade; A Forde, D Carroll, G Reilly; B Farrell, J Sheridan, S Bray.
Donegal (SF v Down): P Durcan, P McGrath, N McGee, F McGlynn; E McGee, K Lacey, A Thompson; R Bradley, R Kavanagh; D Walsh, L McLoone, M McHugh; P McBrearty, M Murphy, C McFadden.
Down (SF v Donegal): B McVeigh; D McCartan, B McArdle, D O’Hagan; D Hughes, D Gordon, A Branagan; A Rogers, K McKernan; D O’Hare, M Poland, A Carr; B Coulter, C Laverty, E McCartan.