Lidl NFL Division 1 team news: Four changes for Kerry as they chase Final place

PACE-setters Kerry are on course for a Lidl National League Division 1 Final appearance and the Kingdom have made four changes in personnel for Saturday’s clash with champions Meath in Brosna (2pm).

Kerry defeated Dublin impressively last time out and joint-managers Declan Quill and Darragh Long have shuffled their pack for a repeat of the 2022 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Final.

Ciara Butler replaces in Mary Ellen Bolger in goal, while there are also starts for Aoife Dillane, Anna Galvin and Erica McGlynn, as Ciara Murphy, Caoimhe Evans and Hannah O’Donoghue make way.

Visitors Meath, who lost to Mayo in their last outing, hand starts to captain Shauna Ennis, Emma Duggan and Olivia Callan, who come in for Shelly Melia, Aoife Minogue and Ailbhe Leahy.

The live TG4 game on Saturday is Dublin against Mayo from DCU St Clare’s (4.30pm).

Dublin have made three changes to the starting team that lined out against Kerry, with Abby Shiels replacing Emer Ní Éafa in goal, while Rachel Brennan and Orlagh Nolan come in for Tammy Quinn Corbally and Ellen Gribben further out the field.

Visitors Mayo bring in Roisin Flynn, captain Kathryn Sullivan and Rachel Kearns for Lucy Wallace, Hannah Reape and Maria Reilly, as they aim to build on that crucial win against Meath.

On Sunday, second-placed Galway make the trip to third-placed Waterford for a 1pm start in Dungarvan.

The hosts are unchanged following victory over Donegal, as Galway make one change to the team that beat Cork, with Siobhan Divilly coming in for Lynsey Noone.

Also on Sunday, bottom of the table Donegal travel to Mallow for a 2pm throw-in against Cork.

Cork have made four changes in personnel following the Galway defeat, with Eimear Meaney, Aoife Healy, Hannah Looney and Libby Coppinger coming in for Dara Kiniry, Laura O’Mahony, Erika O’Shea and Abbie O’Mahony.

The Donegal team shows just one change in personnel from that which lost to Waterford, with Evelyn McGinley replacing Caoimhe Coen in defence.

Dublin v Mayo is live on TG4 on Saturday, while Kerry v Meath, Cork v Donegal and Waterford v Galway are all available to view on the LGFA’s live-streaming portal:

Kerry (v Meath): C Butler; E Lynch, K Cronin, A Dillane; A O’Connell, C Lynch, L Galvin; L Scanlon, M O’Connell; N Carmody, N Ní Chonchúir, A Galvin; S O’Shea (capt.), E McGlynn, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh.

Meath (v Kerry): M McGuirk; A Sheridan, M.K. Lynch, K Newe; N Gallogly, S Ennis (capt.), A Cleary; M O’Shaughnessy, E Duggan; M Thynne, M Byrne, C Smyth; O Callan, S Grimes, N O’Sullivan.

Dublin (v Mayo): A Shiels; R Brennan, M Byrne, J Tobin; L Magee, D Lawless, L Caffrey; J Dunne, E O’Dowd; C O’Connor, C Rowe (capt.), O Nolan; K Sullivan, J Egan, S Wylde.  

Mayo (v Dublin): L Brennan; É Ronayne, R Flynn, D Caldwell; C Needham, F McHale, K Sullivan (capt.); C McManamon, S Cafferky; S Walsh, S Howley, M Cannon; L Cafferky, R Kearns, T Needham.

Cork (v Donegal): M O’Sullivan; M Duggan, E Meaney, R Phelan; S Kelly, A Healy, R Leahy; H Looney, S Leahy (capt.); L Coppinger, K Quirke, E Cleary; O Cahalane, E Kiely, C O’Sullivan.

Donegal (v Cork): A McColgan; N Carr, E McGinley, E Gallagher (capt.); A Boyle Carr, N McLaughlin, T Hegarty; S Twohig, L Ryan; S Boyle, K Long, K Dowds; J McFadden, S White, C McGarvey.

Waterford (v Galway): E O’Brien; C Murray, M Dunford, A Murray; E Power, E Murray, H Power; K Hogan, A Waring; A O’Neill, A Fitzgerald, C McCarthy; Karen McGrath (capt.), B McMaugh, L McGregor.

Galway (v Waterford): A Griffin; K Geraghty, S Ní Loingsigh, E Gavin; C Cooney, N Ward, A Molloy; A Davoren, L Ward; L Coen, O Divilly, S Divilly; E Noone, R Leonard, K Slevin.

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