Celbridge defender Mick O’Grady will make his 100th appearance for Kildare Seniors in all competitions when he starts at corner-back against Louth in the second game of the O’Byrne Cup series tomorrow.
As expected only six of the players who started against Wexford on Wednesday night are retained in the starting line-up where there are senior debuts for Ronan Fitzsimons (Leixlip), Matthew Kelly (Round Towers) and Mark Glynn (St Laurence’s).
Kelly normally operates in the forward line at club level so his performance at wing-back will be watched with interest while Glynn is picked at wing forward. He plays his club football at midfield for St Laurence’s where his high-fielding has been a feature.
Brendan Gibbons (Kilcock) and Cein McMonagle (Clogherinkoe) who made their debuts from the bench on Wednesday night will make their first starts in the senior jersey.
Aaron O’Neill, who missed Wednesday’s game with Cormac Barker (Kilcullen) deputising on the bench, comes into the goalkeeper slot while experienced duo Paul Cribbin (Johnstownbridge) and Neil Flynn (Maynooth) are in the 26-man squad having also missed out against Wexford.
With Louth having also won their opening game against Westmeath the winners tomorrow are likely to go through to the semi-final.