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Published: 17:04 | 18/3/16

Kelly expects tough Kerry test

Offaly hurling manager Eamonn Kelly believes Kerry will be extra motivated to get one over on their old boss on Sunday.

Offaly will progress to the Division One quarter-finals with a win over Kerry on Sunday in Birr, and Kelly, who managed the Kingdom for two seasons, expects his former charges to provide a tough test.

“Having me on the line is probably worth a few points to Kerry,” Kelly told the Midland Tribune.

“I have a lot of time for them guys. I know that they will respond. They are a good honest side. We need to keep our feet on the ground and focus on our own performance.

“We can’t get carried away and get caught on our home turf next Sunday."

Kerry have made three changes to the side that suffered a 22-point defeat to Clare last week, with Bryan Murphy returning to start at right corner-back following suspension.

James O’Connor comes in at right half-forward and Jordan Conway starts at right corner-forward, with Dougie Fitzelle, Thomas Casey and John Buckley dropping to the bench.

Kerry (NHL v Offaly): Aidan McCabe; Bryan Murphy, Patrick Kelly, Keith Carmody; Jason Diggins, Darren Dineen, Tom Murnane; Daniel Collins, John Griffin; James O’Connor, Michael O’Leary, Colum Harty; Jordan Conway, Mikey Boyle, John Egan.

Subs: Stephen Murphy, Brendan Brosnan, John Buckley, Tommy Casey, Paudie O’Connor, Dougie Fitzelle, Jack Goulding, Philip Lucid, Shane Nolan, Brendan O’Leary, Sean Weir.

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