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Thursday 17 April 2014

Shanahan has minor chance

Selector John O'Keeffe

FOLLOWING an impressive turn off the bench last Friday evening, Ardfert's Kevin Shanahan could be in the running for a place on the starting fifteen for the Kingdom's minors this Friday.

The management team is due to meet tonight [Wednesday] to select the team, with the announcement to be made at lunchtime on Thursday.

Following training on Tuesday night, selector John O'Keeffe confirmed that Kerry are injury free for the replay with the Rebels in Austin Stack Park (7.30pm). O'Keeffe indicated that the Kerry will likely be along similar lines to the team selected for the drawn game.

"The team played very well and we're happy overall. I could see something along similar lines again," he commented.

With team boss Mickey Ned O'Sullivan saying that Kerry were "annihilated" in the middle third in Pairc Uí Rinn, much of the focus this week has been on the midfield, leading to speculation that Shanahan could have a role to play from the start in the replay.

"I think it was not so much personnel, it was more to do with breaking ball," O'Keeffe said.

"The stats showed that we were well down on the breaks in both the half-back and half-forward lines."

O'Keeffe doesn't feel that Cork have a physical advantange in the middle third over the Kingdom.

"I thought it was more the timing of our jumps as well as that and our positioning under the dropping ball."

As for the notion that the backdoor is a more attractive proposition than the front door and a direct route to the Munster semi-final where the Kingdom would face Tipperary in Semple Stadium, the Austin Stacks man rejects the notion outright.

"We're actually doing everything we can to beat Cork and to go through the front door. The extra game will have brought us on, but it will have brought Cork on as well. You can't beat a game like that. Long term it's great for us."

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