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Kerry & Tyrone Name Teams For Highly Anticipated Semi-Final

Kerry & Tyrone Name Teams For Highly Anticipated Semi-Final

Kerry and Tyrone are set to face off in Croke Park this afternoon, with the winners earning passage to the All-Ireland final against Dublin.

Despite the seemingly insurmountable challenge that awaits the victor in the decider, this remains a highly anticipated clash. These two counties had a fierce rivalry after the turn of the century, and while that has softened in recent years, both will be hoping to get one over on the opposition this afternoon.

Here's the teams that have been named to start:

Kerry Team

David Clifford has been recalled to the Kerry team after missing the final Super 8s game against Meath, replacing Micheál Burns in the full forward line.

Shane Enright also comes into the team, replacing Gavin White. White had originally been named to start, but Brian Ó Beaglaoich was brought in just before throw-in.

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Shane Ryan; Jason Foley, Tadhg Morley, Tom O'Sullivan; Paul Murphy (C), Gavin Crowley, Shane Enright; David Moran, Adrian Spillane; Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Seán O’Shea, Stephen O’Brien; David Clifford, Paul Geaney, Killian Spillane.

Tyrone Team

As expected, Tyrone have rung the changes after resting their first choice XV for the Super 8s clash against Dublin. Niall Morgan, Peter Harte, and Cathal McShane are amongst the big names to be recalled to the starting lineup.

There is three changes to the team that had been named, with Michael Cassidy coming in for HP McGeary, Richie Donnelly for Brian Kennedy, and Padraig Hampsey for Darren McCurry.

Niall Morgan; Michael Cassidy, Ronan McNamee, Rory Brennan; Michael McKernan, Kieran McGeary, Frank Burns; Colm Cavanagh, Richie Donnelly; Mattie Donnelly, Niall Sludden, Peter Harte; Padraig Hampsey, Cathal McShane, Conor Meyler.

Kerry enter the game as slight favourites with the bookies, although all of us are expecting a tight clash. As Mickey Harte pointed out earlier this week, neither team will want to exit the championship at this stage.

It’s not easy to get to semi-finals and I have been blessed to be in a number of them.

We appreciate that because there is no guarantee we will get to another one again.

We have had poor outcomes in them as well so we know what it is like to lose at that stage and we know what it is like to win at that stage and winning is a much better place to be. It is always hard work in a semi-final.

A beaten semi-finalist is nowhere and the winner is part of the biggest GAA day in the world.

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Gary Connaughton

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