We have live score commentary as Kerry and Mayo meet for the second time in a week.
When the two sides do battle in the semi final of Division One of the Allianz National Football League, in Croke Park this Sunday(2.00pm). The teams met in Tralee last weekend and played out a thrilling draw.
Mayo were the better side for much of last weekend’s tie,and at one point they led by eight points(1-8 to 0-3). However,the home side gradually worked their way back into contention and thanks to the accuracy of Bryan Sheehan they secured a late draw. In truth it was a game that Mayo really should have won and this inability to see off the Kingdom could come back and haunt them on Sunday. If there was ever a time to beat Jack O’Connor’s side and gain a morale boosting victory this was the day. Kerry had already qualified for the latter stages and rested many of their star names. Also, Mayo have played their best games against Kerry away from Croke Park and face a daunting test at headquarters this weekend.
Kerry have rung the changes and all the big guns return. Paul Galvin, Marc O’Se and the two O’Sullivans were introduced in the second half last weekend and retain their places on the team. Kieran Donaghty switches to wing forward and will no doubt be used as a third midfielder. Bryan Sheehan has been the star for Kerry all season and now he has the help of Colm Cooper,who returned to action last weekend.
Mayo will be hoping that Aidan O’Shea can continue his excellent form at midfield and gain a stranglehold on that area of play for the side. Up front, Conor Mortimer and Alan Dillon have been impressing during the league and fans will be expecting more of the same on Sunday. There is little doubt but that Mayo on their day are one of the top five or six sides in the country. The problem lies in their inability to kill off the bigger counties when it really counts. A championship success over Cork last season and a huge league win over Dublin in 2012 may have gone some way towards addressing those problems but one county continue to frustrate James Horan’s men. A win on Sunday would end that hoodoo and leave Mayo with a real chance of wining the league.
Another tight encounter looks on the cards at Croke Park this weekend. However,with Kerry playing at their “second home” and Mayo struggling to overcome the Kingdom at headquarters in recent seasons, the verdict has to go to Kerry to win and reach the final of this year’s competition.
Kerry – Brendan Kealy, Shane Enright, Marc Ó Sé, Killian Young, Peter Crowley, Aidan O’Mahony, Brian Maguire, Anthony Maher, Bryan Sheehan, Paul Galvin, Darran O’Sullivan, Kieran Donaghy, Colm Cooper, Declan O’Sullivan, Patrick Curtin.