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Kieran Donaghy out of Kerry starting XV to face Dublin

Updated: Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 20:54 | Comments

Kieran Donaghy is surplus to requirements from the off, as Kerry bid to upset the Dubs
Kieran Donaghy is surplus to requirements from the off, as Kerry bid to upset the Dubs

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Kieran Donaghy has been omitted from the Kerry starting line-up to face Dublin in Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park.

'Star' was also dropped from the side that started against Cork in the Munster final, but he regained his place for the quarter-final victory over Cavan.

With the full-back line seen an area of weakness for Dublin, Donaghy’s absence from the off is a surprise.

James O’Donoghue comes into the Kerry attack at left corner-forward, with Declan O’Sullivan now occupying the full-forward berth.

Elsewhere, Peter Crowley takes over from the injured Killian Young at centre half-back. Mark Griffin is called in at full-back, with Fionn Fitzgerald pushed up to the half-back line.

Anthony Maher, who was a late withdrawal against Cavan, will resume his midfield partnership with Johnny Buckley, while Colm Cooper continues in his role on the 40.

Both Bryan Sheehan and Aidan O’Mahony, who had been on the injured list, are named among the substitutes.

Kerry: Brendan Kealy; Marc Ó Sé, Mark Griffin, Shane Enright; Tomás Ó Sé, Peter Crowley, Fionn Fitzgerald; Anthony Maher, Johnny Buckley; Paul Galvin, Colm Cooper, Donnchadh Walsh; Darran O'Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, James O’Donoghue 

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