Kerry keep faith for a final fling
KERRY have retained Denis O'Dwyer at full forward for their final match in the round robin stage of their National League campaign, against Clare in Ennis on Sunday. O'Dwyer came on as a substitute for William Kirby in Kerry's win over Laois. Otherwise, their team remains the same.
Kerry had a facile win over Laois in their last match in Killarney and they are determined to reproduce that form in order to ensure a place in the play-offs. Kerry beat Laois by 2-13 to 0-6 and are now in line for one of the three places available to Division One teams for the quarter finals.
Kerry are fighting it out with Donegal, Derry and Tyrone for two play off places. Meath, who have already qualified for the quarter finals, play Derry on Sunday, Donegal are at home to Kildare, and Tyrone travel to Portlaoise. Laois will be fighting to retain their Division One status in that game.
With Clare already relegated, Kerry must be fancied to win. Either Laois or Kildare will join Clare in Division Two next season.
Following their defeat by Dublin last time out, Cavan have made one change in personnel. They have also made widespread switches in their team for the visit of Louth.
Louth beat Dublin narrowly in Dundalk, three weeks ago, which suggests that they may give Cavan a tough time of it. The situation in Division Two is that Westmeath and Down have both been relegated, while the other six teams are still in the running for the two promotion places available.
Cavan will be hoping that their reshuffle works. Only one man, John Brady, loses out following the defeat by Dublin. He was replaced by Gerry Sheridan in the second half of the Dublin match and Sheridan now is selected at left corner back.
The many switches include Aidan Connolly's move to centre half back. Bernard Morris moves from there to midfield. Fintan Cahill takes over from John Brady at full forward, Peter Reilly moves from centre forward to the wing. Dermot McCabe take over on the 40, while Anthony Forde moves out from the corner to the left wing and Ronan Carolan moves from midfield to corner forward.
Tyrone will not be looking forward to their trip to Portlaoise where they were heavily beaten on their last visit, three years ago. They must win to retain interest, in the competition and will probably be able to field a full team, with the possible exception of Pascal Canavan.
Not surprisingly the Connacht team to play Leinster in the Railway Cup semi final in Ballinasloe on Sunday is made up entirely of Galway players. Roscommon, Mayo and Sligo are all represented among the substitutes. Galway, therefore, have a very valuable run out as they attempt to maintain their good form in the National League.
John Cunningham has been recalled to the Donegal team for the first time in almost a year for Sunday's clash against Kildare at Ballyshannon.
Cunningham, comes in for Seamus McGinty at corner back. Paddy Hegarty also gets a full recall.