Kerry vs Clare munster QF Killarney 26.06.2021 19.00 Jun 28, 2021 1:24:16 GMT Kerryman Randy Savage likes this
Post by North Cowrea @Ballythefireside on Jun 28, 2021 1:24:16 GMT
Is it likely that Dublin will be complacent against Kerry? Unlikely to say the least.
Kerry are better in 2021 that in previous years. Paudie Clifford is a big addition and also Mike Breen looks to have the goods. DOC is finding his feet at midfield.
When Shane Ryan returns Kerrys possession from kickouts will improve.
The thing that concerns me the most and its the reason why i dont think Kerry will beat Dublin is our inability to close out tight games against the top teams.
You dont have to look too far for examples....
Monaghan were rocked to the core when DC equalised in Clones in 2018. They lost the kickout. A point and Kerry could have stolen it and set themselves up to win the group v Kildare in the last game. Moran balloons a hail mary into the sky and the ref blows full time. Drawn game. Monaghan and Galway advanced.
The 2019 season gave us further evidence of Kerrys inability to show cool heads in the last few minutes.
When Kerry a point ahead v Donegal in injury time a Kerry player got himself redcarded for retaliation in front of Joe McQuillan. Furtunately there wasnt enough time for Donegal to capitalise on 15 v 14 and Kerry got away with a draw.
Kerry failed to close out the 2019 final v Dublin when a point up and with an extra man. Again wrong options taken by Kerry players in possession. Dublin would have won the game if the roles were reversed.
Kerry also lost a league final to Mayo in the final stretch that year in a game that was there for the taking.
We dont need reminding of the final minutes v Cork last year in extra time with Kerry two points ahead. Not once but twice was the momentum handed to Cork by unforced errors.
So who are the 3 or 4 players you would want to have possession for Kerry in the final stages of a big close game. Sean oShea is one obviously but after that it gets tricky.
We dont have the cool shrewd heads yet like we have with Declan, Colm, Darragh etc.
This is why i dont think Kerry will beat Dublin in a tight finish.
Its probably too much to hope for a repeat of 1975.
Another thing that needs to be tackled in Davids tendancy to shoot from the left without composing himself and taking a hop. He takes a secord or two when shooting off his right and manages a hop as he surveys his options. Some of his shot selection off his left is poor. I am sure it will be worked on.
Nostalgic but what you outline is a trial, that will be alright until it isn't, we will be guilty until we acquit ourselves.
Comparable to '75? - remotely!
Jimmy Sheamus McGuiness ó an Contae Tir Chonaill on Sky called it out, if uncharacteristically kindly, ah jazus his sausages wouldn't be rightly cooked otherwise - 'Dublin forwards will open Kerry's defence.' Still, we will do the same, and which leads to the notion that us and Dgal are opened up by running forwards, based on Dubs, Donie's Monaghan and Down.
The physics of the code determines that, soccer has off-side rule to compensate and their attackers have less physical possession, i.e. they can't have their upper limbs and paws around the ball. A goalie has a 20% chance of stopping a shot, a defender has a fraction of that against a half decent running forward, 180° disadvantage on one dimension alone, beauty is that it invites the beautiful blockdown as the angle closes - watch forwards of old turn their backs and arse into the poor defender. Pat 'Pats' Spillane mastered took the michael completely, pivoted on, well wore out ala wounded knee eventually - just imagine what it took to wear down the joint, how many scores did it generate?
Gavin White's pace in Clones in 2018 marked my card, 3 short years ago.
So Gavin Crowley was the only wan to lose 'wan on wan' - if management didn't solve then it was damage limitation, hells bells, 5 out of 6 wins any game - what you at Vet?
Quote of the (Satur)day - Kerry are playing too many back - said wan Sheamie McGuinness, my goodness, yes he did - wouldn't ya know the cute hoor was educated in Kerry on all things football and blarney!
BTW A friend is on a fishing holiday in Kerry at the moment, what with cashless payments so no more Celtic Crosses in the change hasn't he hooked a few - put 'em back!
Mickmacks is spot on re comparison of Clare = Shannon + Feale Rangers catchment area - for another lazy day Mick, as is Cian O'Sullivan's forced retirement - another part of the jigsaw of what the GAA might be down the road, Cian has run out of road - go neiri an bothar linn!