Thursday 21 September 2017

Enright now a doubt for Mayo after suffering a concussion in Donegal

Kerry's Shane Enright. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Kerry's Shane Enright. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kerry's Shane Enright looks set to miss Saturday night's Division 1 league match with Mayo as he recovers this week from a concussion sustained in his collision with Donegal's Michael Murphy in Letterkenny on Sunday.

Enright was examined in Tralee General Hospital on his return on Sunday night and will now follow the return-to-play protocols which GAA players follow. No exact time is specified, but the steps taken would leave Saturday night in jeopardy for the Tarbert man.

Mayo's Lee Keegan sat out their game with Dublin last year, six days after he was concussed in the opening league game against Cork.

Kerry's trip to Letterkenny to register a first opening round league win in the managerial reign of Eamonn Fitzmaurice featured an array of eye-catching kick passes.

It helped to open up a Donegal defence that consciously decided to play without a dedicated sweeper as they explore ways of playing with new personnel.

For Killian Young, the kicking and the movement inside of a full-forward line that bagged 2-10 between them was a stand-out feature.

Moved

"I think there was very good movement inside. Our kicking was very good at times and we moved the ball at pace. We really moved Donegal across and around the field as well," he said.

"And we got one-on-one inside in spells, which was exactly what we were looking for. We were very happy with the boys inside, their movement was excellent and they were clinical."

Kerry looked sharper at this stage of the season than they have done for quite some time and Young feels the absence of semi-finals for the first time since 2011 will create greater urgency again.

"It's exactly what you want. You want to put more pressure on yourself. It's like playing championship, you have to go out and win every game.

"We did a lot of work, individually, in December. We started earlier and there were no distractions in terms of team holidays or things like that," he added.

"We were on the go from January 3 as a team, so we're happy with where we are. We've done a lot of hard running and we're in good shape.

"We really wanted to get off to a fast start in the league and it's exciting as a player. It's a lot tighter, there are a lot of games. You're only waiting one week or two weeks and as players, you want to play games. And it's nice to be building on a performance like that as well."

Irish Independent

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