Both Offaly and Kildare will have their first competitive outing since April. Going by league form Offaly have nothing going for them loosing 7 out of 8 matches in the league and getting relegated to Division 4 of the National League. Kildare on the other hand had an extended league campaign by reaching and winning the Division 2 Final beating none other than Tyrone in the final.
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To further hamper Offaly they will be without influential forward Niall McNamee through a groin injury. Offaly boss Tom Coffey has handed debutants to 4 players John Moloney starts at full back, Michael Brazil at centre half back, Eoin Rigney at left half back and Daniel Currams at centre half forward.
Kildare should have no trouble overcoming Offaly with manager Kieran McGeaney making only one change to the side that defeated Tyrone in the league final with Andrew McLaughlin replacing the injured Eamonn Callaghan at corner back.
The winner’s will go onto face Carlow/Meath in the Semi-Final.
Offaly: A Mulhall; S Sullivan, J Moloney, S Pender; B Darby, M Brazil, E Rigney; A McNamee, R Dalton; R Brady, D Currams, N Smith; K Casey, G Guilfolyle, A Sullivan.
Kildare: S Connolly; A MacLochlainn, H McGrillen, P Kelly; E Bolton, M O’Flaherty, O Lyons; M Foley, P O’Neill; J Doyle, E O’Flaherty, A Smith; J Kavanagh, T O’Connor, M Conway.