Kerry v Clare preview, starting teams; Sunday throw-in 3.30pm

We preview the Munster Football Championship clash Kerry v Clare with starting teams and live score commentary updates; throw-in Sunday 3.30pm.

Brian Ó Beaglaoich from An Ghaeltacht and Tadhg Morley from Templenoe will man the wing back positions as the team shows five changes from the side that lost the National League Final and eight from last year’s All-Ireland Final team.

Clare have warmed up with a three-point victory over Limerick in the quarter-final with David Tubridy and Jamie Malone scoring 0-3 each. But it is likely that Kerry will be a step too far. But if there is chance of catching Kerry on the hop, it is first day out, as last season showed. Tipperary pushed them close before Kerry pulled clear in the second-half.

David Tubridy scored 1-40 in the league campaign and it will be on his shoulders once again that the burden will be upon to get scores for Clare. But in reality, whatever he manages, it will likely just limit the damage that Kerry will do.

In Kerry’s forward line, there will be a few questioned answered by those chosen. If they are to go one better than last season, they need to sparkle in the absence of James O’ Donoghue.



1 Brian Kelly – 2 Shane Enright, 3 Mark Griffin, 4 Killian Young – 5 Brian Ó Beaglaoich, 6 Peter Crowley, 7 Tadhg Morley – 8 Kieran Donaghy, 9 Bryan Sheehan (c), 10 Paul Murphy, 11 Colm Cooper, 12 Donnchadh Walsh – 13 Darran O’Sullivan, 14 Paul Geaney, 15 Stephen O’Brien.


16 Brendan Kealy, 17 David Moran, 18 Marc Ó Sé, 19 Fionn Fitzgerald, 20 Barry John Keane, 21 Michael Geaney, 22 Jonathan Lyne, 23 Anthony Maher, 24 Padraig O’Connor, 25 Alan Fitzgerald, 26 Mark O’Connor.


1 Joe Hayes – 2 Dean Ryan, 3 Kevin Harnett, 4 Martin McMahon – 5 Cian O’Dea, 6 Gordon Kelly, 7 Sean Collins – 8 Gary Brennan, 9 Cathal O’Connor – 10 Jamie Malone, 11 Keelan Sexton, 12 Pearse Lillis – 13 Eoin Cleary, 14 David Tubridy, 15 Pat Burke.


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