Wednesday 28 September 2016

Kingdom lead race for Sam - O'Sullivan

Published 06/08/2015 | 02:30

Cian O'Sullivan
Cian O'Sullivan

Dublin star Cian O'Sullivan insists Kerry are favourites for the All-Ireland after their tour de force in Croke Park last weekend.

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The centre-back warned that the Kingdom are even stronger than they were 12 months ago when they claimed the Sam Maguire

Kerry put seven goals on Kildare, a team that the Dubs beat by 19 points in the Leinster championship, and O'Sullivan is adamant that, despite the bookmakers making Dublin market leaders, the Kingdom are in pole position as the race for Sam Maguire narrows to just six.

"It was extremely impressive," O'Sullivan said of Kerry's rout. "They completely annihilated Kildare. They look like a force to be reckoned with. Some of their goals were extremely impressive. They definitely showed why they have that favourites tag."

And with the likes of Darran O'Sullivan and Tommy Walsh coming off the bench to good effect and Kieran Donaghy due back from injury for their semi-final, O'Sullivan described their options as "frightening".

"It's going to take a very, very strong performance to beat Kerry," he said. "You look at their starting 15 and then who they have coming on off the bench, it's a very impressive outfit."

"David Moran in midfield, he seems to have stepped it on even more this year. His partnership with (Anthony) Maher seems to be extremely strong, I don't think there's any better midfield partnership in the country at the moment.

"Offensively, they have the Gooch back and Darran O'Sullivan seems to be coming back into a bit of form. They have the option of Donaghy coming in or starting, so there's frightening talent there," added the Skins Life Style sports ambassador.

Irish Independent

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