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Some dos and don'ts for Mayo on how to beat my native county

Published 22/08/2014 | 02:30

One thing Mayo do need on Sunday is a big performance from Aidan O'Shea such as the one he gave against Cork in the All-Ireland quarter-final. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
One thing Mayo do need on Sunday is a big performance from Aidan O'Shea such as the one he gave against Cork in the All-Ireland quarter-final. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Dublin's Michael Darragh Macauley, celebrates with the Delaney cup after the Leinster Final. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Michael Fennelly seems perplexed by all the hype about a 'new order' in hurling. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Firstly, no collusion took place in the writing of this article. I did not secretly consult with any player from the Kerry team or management about this. For one article only, I'm completely sidelining the fact that I'm from Kerry. And underlining to you, the Mayo team, a few basic dos and don'ts on how to beat Kerry in Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final...

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How DO you solve a problem like James O'Donoghue? With synapses that register fight not flight, the Kerry forward has yet to leave 'stop him and you stop the team' skid-marks on the pitch. When I interviewed him last week, he said: "We have a lot of options that maybe haven't been seen yet this year."

You know this though. Like you know O'Donoghue needs to be double-marked when the temperature rises. And don't think Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice hasn't planned for your obvious need to contain and stifle O'Donoghue. Naturally, Kerry's other points of attack need to be well marshalled too.

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