Naughton says Kerry have no fear of Dublin District league
KERRY face the acid test at Mounthawk Park next Sunday when they meet Dublin & District League in the last 12 of the FAI Inter League Cup with a quarter-final place up for grabs for the winners.
Kerry made hard work of reaching the knock-out stages with a 3-3 draw with The Desmond League and a 9-0 win over West Waterford, who were the whipping boys in the group. They lost their final game in the group to Cork 6-4 after coming from 3-0 down to draw level by half-time. Cork won the group and Kerry came second as their goal difference was better than the Desmond League.
Kerry will go into this game is complete underdogs as Dublin are probably the best team in the country, but the Kerry management team of Tommy Naughton and Timmy Lynch say they are ready for the challenge ahead.
Naughton says they have no fear of their more illustrious opponents as any side has a chance in a cup tie.
"Our training programme is going very well and the lads can't wait for the big game.
"The DDSL are the current champions and are winning the Kennedy Cup on a regular basis so we know the enormity of the task ahead of us.
"Our performances in the group stages might have not as good as we would have liked but we got the vital results against Desmond League and West Waterford. The team showed great spirit and conviction against Cork coming from three goals down to draw level and if we can show more of this kind of commitment we will give this Dublin side plenty to contend with. We will go into the game as complete outsiders and that will suit us as it will ease the pressure.
"We have no injury worries going into the game and there are three additions to the squad of Ryan Dolan from The Park, Brian Hill from Tralee Dynamos and Eoghan of Brien from Fenit Samphires. Home advantage will be a boost for us and could give us that extra spur that would produce a win.
"We will approach this game confident that we have a real chance and will ty to perfect our game plan and use it to our advantage."
The Kerry squad for the game is: Sean Kelliher, Ryan Dolan, Adam O'Rourke, Fionn Coakley, Paddy Collins, Ryan Carroll, James Duggan, Jesse O'Sullivan (all St Brendan's Park), Aaron O'Keefe, Thomas Phelan, Shane Lowth, Brian Hill, Denis Cosgrove, Cian Kennedy (all Tralee Dynamos), Johnny O'Leary and Aidan Mulvany (Killarney Athletic), Eoghan O'Brien (Fenit Samphires) and Mike Leen (Ballyheigue).