We have team news, preview, betting advice and live score updates from Kerry v Kildare on Saturday afternoon in Croke park throw in at 4pm for the 2014 Christy Ring final.
Kerry will meet Kildare today at 4.00 in Croke Park. Kerry will be looking to go one step further than last year were they lost to Down in a very entertaining game. Kerry will be favourites going into today’s clash but Kildare will be looking to cause an upset.
Kerry have had a very good year winning the Division 2A title before losing to Offaly in the bid to earn promotion. Kerry defeated Mayo in the semi final on a score line of 3-20 to 1-18. Kildare had a poor league campaign in Division 2A suffering relegation. They eventually got past Wicklow after a replay and had a 1-18 to 0-13 win against Meath in the semi final. The sides meet in round 3 only 3 weeks ago where Kerry where winners on a score line of3-18 to 1-16.
Duel of the game
Shane Nolan V John Dolan
Nolan has been in great form for the Kingdom averaging nearly 10 points a game. If Kildare are to have any chance of winning they will need John Dolan to be at his best as Nolan is an accurate scorer from play and placed balls.
Kerry team: Tadhg Flynn; Bryan Murphy, Tom Murnane, Dougie Fitzell; Sean Weir, Darren Dineen, Thomas Casey; Darragh O’Connell, Colm Harty; Mikey Boyle, Daniel Collins, John Egan; David Butler, Padraig Boyle, Shane Nolan.
Kildare team: Paul Dermody; John Doran, Fiachra Ó Muineachain, Niall Ó Muineachain; David Harney, Mark Moloney, Richie Hoban; Eanna Ó Neill, Martin Fitzgerald; Ross Kelly, Paul Divilly, Bernard Deay; Gerry Keegan, Tony Murphy, Ray Mc Loughney.
Kerry have beaten Kildare 4 times in the last 15 months and will go into today’s game as raging hot favourites to make amends for last year’s final. Kildare will be happy to have reached this year’s final after a disappointing league campaign and put up a decent score of 1-16 against Kerry 3 weeks ago if their defence can keep it tight they may pull of a shock. However I think Kerry to win by 6-8 points.