CORK midfielder Alan O Connor is of the firm belief that Kerry and Dublin remain serious threats in this year’s All-Ireland football championship.
The Rebels, who again are strong favourites to bring Sam Maguire back to Leeside, are one of 12 teams still standing in the 2012 championship, with O’Connor confident of reaching another All-Ireland final with his side.
According to Breakingnews.ie, O’Connor believes that Kerry will be tough opposition, adding that they have a “great bunch of players.”
“They showed last week (against Tyrone) that with a bit of hunger and fight that they are a side to be reckoned with,” the West Cork man continued.
“They have got great forwards and they will be there or thereabouts on this All-Ireland stage.”
O’Connor also expects the Dubs to play a huge part in this year’s competition, and predicts that the current champions will indeed be the team to beat.
“Dublin have a great panel of players and they can throw players off the bench of equal ability. It’s all about strength in depth now and they have that bit of experience as well.”
“They learned their lessons over the last couple of games and they will be there or thereabouts in the next couple of weeks,” he said.
However, Kerry’s Tomas O Se feels that Cork are at an unfair disadvantage because of the structure of the All-Ireland championship.
“I think the fact Cork have to wait five weeks for a game is wrong,” the star defender explained to the Irish Examiner. “I don’t agree with the way the system is worked at all.”
“I don’t think it’s of any benefit to Cork to win a Munster championship, apart from winning it. Obviously, I’d kill to win a Munster championship and we’d love to have won but then we’d be facing the same problem as Cork.”
O Se feels that the championships in both Leinster and Ulster are much better run for the teams involved.
“Dublin seemed to have games every two or three weeks or whatever team is winning in Leinster or Ulster. No matter how much training the likes of Cork do now, it’s no substitute for championship football, in terms of sharpening you up. That’s the problem,” he finished.