Saturday 24 June 2017

Donaghy believes Kingdom are primed for summer peak

Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

Kieran Donaghy has written off Kerry's chances of earning a place in the Allianz Football League Division 1 final, but he remains upbeat about their prospects for the summer.

Donaghy played an important target-man role in Kerry's four-point victory over Armagh on Sunday, particularly in the second half after manager Jack O'Connor called for better support for the 6ft 5ins full-forward.

Kerry -- who have six points from five games -- will complete their campaign against Monaghan (away) and Down (home), but Donaghy feels a place in the league decider is beyond them.

"We lost the two important games (against Dublin and Cork) and I think that has probably ruled the league final out for us, but that's fine, we have got enough good tests now in this league," he said.

"We got an unbelievable test up in Croke Park off the Dubs. Cork came down after only two weeks of training and beat us in Tralee; that was another good test of a game.

"The game against Armagh was intense. It's a tight, narrow field. Every time you got a ball, you had two or three fellas coming at you looking to take it off you.

"There will be plenty of tests in the next two games for us to build on and set us up for the championship."

David Moran's performance, once he came on as a 29th-minute substitute, was another positive aspect for Kerry and clearly he offers a serious boost to the Kingdom's midfield options.

Judging by Donaghy and manager O'Connor's comments, the mood in the Kerry camp is being primed nicely for the championship.

Donaghy added: "The team is coming together nicely. Fellas are coming back at the right time. We've fellas like Daniel Bohan, Paul Galvin, Declan O'Sullivan, fellas that are going to add seriously to our panel this year who've been out with injury and away and on honeymoon and so on. It's just nice to get the team coming at the right time."

O'Connor mirrored that confidence as he reflected on the display.

"We're training very well. It's a case of trying to bring that forward to the matches and that's starting to show," he said.

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