Cody names championship debutant on Kilkenny team

Joyce in for Fennelly

Cody names championship debutant on Kilkenny team

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has given a championship debut to Kevin Kelly in Sunday's All Ireland final against Tipperary.

Kelly, along with the other corner forward Liam Blanchfield, will play in their first All-Ireland final.

Ballyragget man Kelly joined the Cats’ panel last year and has made appearances as a substitute in the past, though this will be his first start.

Kieran Joyce comes in at centre back in place of the injured Michael Fenelly with Conor Fogarty partnering TJ Reid at midfield.

The team is - Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Joey Holden, Shane Prendergast (Captain); Padraig Walsh, Kieran Joyce, Cillian Buckley; TJ Reid, Conor Fogarty; Walter Walsh, Richie Hogan, Eoin Larkin; Kevin Kelly, Colin Fennelly, Liam Blanchfield.