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GAA Team News: No O'Connor For Mayo; Kerry At Full Strength

GAA Team News: No O'Connor For Mayo; Kerry At Full Strength
Joshua Bell Curran
By Joshua Bell Curran
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The All-Ireland series is well and truly upon us as Kerry gear up to take on fellow Sam Maguire contenders Mayo and Galway welcome Tyrone in round one of the All-Ireland series round robin. We have the Kerry v Mayo team news and Galway v Tyrone team news right here.

Kerry v Mayo Team News

Ahead of Saturday's clash in Killarney both sides have released their teams and considering the Kerry v Mayo teams this game could be one of the highlights of an already massive weekend in Irish sport.

Kerry Team News 

It's hard to find fault in the faultless with Jack O'Connor and Kerry making no changes to the starting fifteen since their Munster Final triumph against Clare and why would they? Kerry cruised to victory over Clare, thrashing the banner 5-14 to 0-15 with obvious signs that the Kingdom are hitting their fifth gear.

As expected both the Cliffords start after their inspired performances two weeks ago with David Clifford leading out the side. Donal O'Sullivan and Paul Murphy both return to the matchday squad, however, there's no starting place for either of the two lads, who'll start on the bench.

The Kerry team for Kerry v Mayo is:

Mayo Team News 

Mayo have been out of action for six weeks after losing to Roscommon in the first round of the Connacht Senior Football Championship, leaving few knowing what to expect from the Division One League winners.

However, Kevin McStay named his team giving us our first look at what to expect on Saturday, with three changes to the starting line-up. Two of those three changes come to the back three, with Kevin McStay obviously looking to well up the defensive frailties around the goal, which cost them dearly in their 2-8 to 0-10 loss to the Rossies.


To do that David McBrien comes into the starting 15 at full-back replacing Eoghan McLaughlin while Sam Callinan also comes in at cornerback for Donnacha McHugh. In a solitary change to the attack, James Carr starts ahead of Tommy Conroy in full-forward, while one of the league's breakout stars, Enda Hession also starts on the bench.

The Mayo team for Kerry v Mayo is:


That's the Kerry v Mayo teams for this weekend's heavyweight showdown.


Galway v Tyrone Team News 

The Galway v Tyrone teams have been announced for Saturday's clash and While all eyes may be on Kerry this game could be of huge consequences later on, in what is definitely going to be one of the most challenging groups for all the teams involved.


Paraic Joyce has made just one change to the side that won the Connacht title two weeks ago. Paul Conroy makes his return from injury re-joining John Maher in midfield. To make space for Conroy's return Peter Cooke returns to the half-forward line with Rob Finnerty missing out on his starting place.

Shane Walsh, Damien Comer and Matthew Tierney all start with the nation looking on to see if Paraic Joyce can crack the code and get three of the country's best forwards singing off the same hymn sheet making Galway a real force to be reckoned with.




Tyrone have named just one change to their team that got knocked out of the Uster SFC by Monaghan as Joe Oguz comes in at wing forward to replace Kieran McGeary.



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