Good Luck to Eamonn Fitzmaurice and Kerry in Croke Park Today

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Kerry manager, Eamonn Fitzmaurice – hoping for a good day at GAA headquarters. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Good Luck to the Kerry senior footballers in Croke Park today when they take on the might of a Dublin team riding high in expert opinion and on the crest of a record breaking, winning streak.

For Kerry, it is the first final in the post Colm Cooper days as we sail forth with a team we will come to know well in the course of the summer.

One Change in Personnel

The Kerry team to play Dublin in the Allianz Football League Final in Croke Park at 4pm today shows one change in personnel from the side that defeated Tyrone in the final round of the League on Sunday last.

Jonathan Lyne In

Jonathan Lyne comes into the half forward line with Kevin McCarthy moving to the corner – Barry John Keane is the player to lose out.

The subs bench is notable for the return of Kieran Donaghy to the match day squad for the first time this year.

There is quite a considerable crowd from these parts heading for Croke Park for this afternoon’s latest installment in the rivalry.

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Click on the graph to enlarge.

Trace Back to 1955

It’s a sporting rivalry which historians trace back to 1955 when an unknown Kerry team defeated an equally high flying Dublin side which included the late and former Dublin manager, Kevin Heffernan.

The team captained by Fionn Fitzgerald of Dr. Crokes is as in the graph:

Bainistíocht Chiarraí 

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Finuge; Róghnóirí: Mikey Sheehy, Austin Stacks; Pádraig Corcoran, Dingle; Liam Hassett, Laune Rangers and Maurice Fitzgerald, St Mary’s.

Referee for today’s game is Paddy Neilan of Roscommon.

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