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Thursday 17 April 2014

East Kerry have ability to get the better of Kenmare District despite injuries

Fintan Coffey east Kerry breaking away from the challenge of Niall Fitzgerald South at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, on Saturday. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin.

Jason O'Connor

NEIGHBOURING districts do battle in Templenoe with both team's county championship campaigns on the line. Both were disappointed to a certain degree with their respective defeats to Dingle and South Kerry but at the same time both will definitely feel they have a chance of staying in the competition should matters go their way on Saturday evening.

Kenmare District were very poor in the second half of their match with Dingle, very reliant on Stephen O'Brien and will need a big improvement from their forward line if they are to overcome East Kerry this weekend.

East Kerry tried to stay with South Kerry as best they could but could not find the cutting edge to really trouble the Iveragh side. They did play well in patches in Fitzgerald Stadium but James Sheehan will know that a more complete performance is needed by his side if they are to stay in the hunt.

The hosts will need a lot more from their young guns if they are to make it to round three themselves, Tadgh Morley, Teddy Doyle and the Spillanes all have the talent but this is where it has to be shown. Flor O'Sullivan's influence will also be key to their chances.

East Kerry will be hoping for more from Mike and Jeff O'Donoghue in particular. Liam Murphy had a decent outing as captain last Saturday, as did Fintan Coffey (pictured), but Padraig O'Connor and Jack Sherwood are absent from this game through injury with Glenflesk duo Kieran Murphy and Dara Roche called up to the squad.

If East Kerry get the more out of their players they should stay afloat.

Verdict: East Kerry

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