Think all the performances today will come with an asterisk beside them as they were against Roscommon with nothing to play for. I doubt there are many selection headaches to be honest. All of the rested players will start.
Positionally how we fit Howard, Fenton and McCarthy may be only influence on other starters like MDMA. Small or McCaffrey. Con O’Callaghan or Mannion wouldn’t have been rested if they weren’t going to start along with Scully. Kev Mac did well today but confirmed for me he is an impact player. The only possible bolter is O’Gara. Jim thinks a lot of him started him at 14 in the final last year and JIm has experimented with having Kilkenny at 14 to win ball and score goals. Rock is a nailed on starter so it would only be to another in the FF line and I’m not sure who would come out.
I thought it was unusual Murchan didn’t play and if i’m right wasn’t on the bench. Thought he did a great job against Sludden in Tyrone and wouldn’t have minded him getting more game time, but as the banner in front of me said ‘In Jim we Trust’