The Offaly team to play Kilkenny in Saturday’s Leinster Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final sees team management give Championship debuts to four players.
St Rynagh’s Niall Wynne starts at corner back, Birr’s Barry Harding is named at wing-back, Peter Geraghty from Kilcormac/Killoughey starts at left half forward with Coolderry’s Kevin Connolly filling the corner forward berth.
Last year’s Captain David Kenny and his fellow clubman Colin Egan are both ruled out through injury, while Sean Cleary is suspended.
The team shows eight changes from the side that lost 0-26 to 4-9 in last year’s clash between the sides in O’Connor Pk – Niall Wynne, James Rigney, Barry Harding, Derek Morkan, Sean Ryan, Dan Currams, Peter Geraghty and Kevin Connolly come in for Chris McDonald, David Kenny, Kevin Brady, Ger Healion, Dermot Mooney, Colin Egan, Ciaran Slevin and Sean Cleary
The Team is
1 - James Dempsey - Kinnitty
2 - Niall Wynne - St Rynagh’s
3 - Rory Hanniffy - Birr
4 - James Rigney - Kinnitty
5 - Barry Harding - Birr
6 - Derek Morkan - Shinrone
7 - Cathal Parlon - Coolderry
8 - Conor Mahon - Kilcormac/Killoughey
9 - Sean Ryan - Birr
10 - Joe Bergin Capt - Seir Kieran
11 - Dan Currams - Kilcormac/Killoughey
12 - Peter Geraghty - Kilcormac/Killoughey
13 - Kevin Connolly - Coolderry
14 - Shane Dooley - Tullamore
15 - Brian Carroll -Coolderry