'A dangerous game for us'
Published 26/03/2014 | 05:36
KERRY team selector Mikey Sheehy has described Kerry's visit to Mullingar to face Westmeath in round six of the Allianz Football League as a "dangerous game" for the Kingdom.
Wins over Tyrone and Kildare have considerably eased any relegation fears Kerry had after losing their first three games, but Sheehy is still extremely cautious of a Westmeath team that is almost certain to be relegated back to Division Two after just one season in the top flight.
A win for Kerry on Sunday would all but mean they will stay in division one, but the ambition now is to push for a place in the top half of the division and qualify for the league semi-finals.
"This is a dangerous game for us. Mullingar is a tight pitch and Westmeath will be desperate to get a win. It would be most unusual for a team to go through a league campaign without a win. We have to go there with the right attitude and take nothing for granted," Sheehy told The Kerryman. "All we can do is try to win this game and then beat Cork the following week, but we could still end up with eight points and not qualify for the semi-finals."
Kerry will travel to Mullingar on Sunday with more or less the same panel that went to Newbridge the weekend before last.
Killian Young is reported to be make very good progress from the broken ankle he received last August but he is unlikely to make the match day squad on Sunday, with the Cork game the following week a more realistic target.
Kieran Donaghy and Declan O'Sullivan won't be available for either of the last two league games.
Marc Ó Sé, James O'Donoghue, Pa Kilkenny and Anthony Maher all sat out the action in the county league at the weekend with slight injuries but all four are expected to be fit for selection against Westmeath.
Meanwhile, the Kerry football squad will be heading to Portugal over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend for a warm weather training camp. As they did last year the Kerry players and management will depart on Easter Thursday, April 17 for the Amendoeira Golf Resort in the Portuguese Algarve for a five-day training camp, returning on Tuesday, April 22. The planned trip falls between the weekends for the League semi-finals and final.