3 debutantes named in Kildare hurling side for Kehoe Cup opener against Meath tomorrow

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3 debutantes named in Kildare hurling side for Kehoe Cup opener against Meath tomorrow
13:13 Saturday 8th of December 2018

There are three new players set to make their debuts from the start for the Kildare hurlers in the opening fixture of the 2019 season when the Lilywhites take on Meath tomorrow afternoon in the first game of the Kehoe Cup, while three others are in line to make their first appearance off the bench.

Clane duo Sean Christansen and Caolan Smith are in the starting team after strong performances for their club in 2018, while Confey's Paul Feerick is named at corner-back.

On the bench, St Laurence's Brian Waters, Moorefield's Reece Gavin and Confey's Aran Kelly are all newcomers to the side who could make their first appearance.

There is an experienced spine involved, with Christy Ring Cup Player of the Year Paddy McKenna starting in goals, while John Doran, Martin Fitzgerald, Brian Byrne, Paul Divilly and Bernard Deay presenting a strong middle cohort.

It is David Herity's first game in charge of the hurlers, and throw-in is at 2pm in St Conleth's Park.

Kildare XV to play Meath:
1. Paddy McKenna - Clane
2. Cathal Derivan - Leixlip
3. John Doran - Leixlip
4. Paul Feerick - Confey
5. Sean Christiansen - Clane
6. Martin Fitzgerald - Ardclough
7. Diarmuid Cahill - Coill Dubh
8. Brian Byrne - Naas
9. Barry Cormack - Éire Óg Corra Choill
10. Caolan Smith - Clane
11. Paul Divilly - Confey
12. Kevin Whelan - Naas
13. Conor Dowling -  Naas
14. Bernard Deay - Clane
15. Chris Bonus - Clane
16. Mark Doyle - Clane
17. Brian Waters -  St. Laurence's
18. Ryan Casey - Coill Dubh
19. Reece Gavin - Moorefield
20. Aran Kelly - Confey

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