By Denis J. Croke
Eddie Brennan has made seven changes, including three debutants, from the side that recorded that magnificent win over Dublin in last year’s championship for today’s round one rematch in Croke Park (6pm).
There are championship debuts for Ronan Broderick (Clough/Ballacolla), Fiachra C Fennell (Rosenallis) and James Keyes (Colt-Shanahoe).
Missing from the team that great win last year are defenders Matthew Whelan, Joe Phelan and Jack Kelly, John Lennon in the middle of the field while up front Mark Kavanagh, Eanna Lyons and Cha Dwyer will be missing.
Returning to the fold are Sean Downey, Donnacha Hartnett, James Ryan and Stephen Maher. Lee Cleere, who missed the league through illness, also returns.