Monday 5 December 2016

'Sloppy' Kerry need to improve - Young

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Published 03/08/2016 | 02:30

18 June 2016; Killian Young, Kerry. Kerry Football Squad Portraits 2016, Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
18 June 2016; Killian Young, Kerry. Kerry Football Squad Portraits 2016, Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Killian Young admits Kerry were "sloppy at times" against Clare last Sunday and wants his side to tighten up ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final against either Dublin or Donegal on August 28.

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The Kingdom didn't concede any goals against the Banner but Brian Kelly's goal led a charmed life at times as Clare hit the woodwork twice and squandered at least one other clear goal chance.

"There were a few unforced errors and we were probably a bit sloppy at times," Young admitted at the Fexco Asian Games which take place on November 5/6 in Shanghai.

"It was a game that we had the result in the bag and it was just a matter of getting through it. There are aspects we are going to need to improve on. I suppose we were fortunate that for the unforced errors we did make on the day that we weren't punished for them.

"Defensively we were very structured, we kept (their scores) very low in the first half.

"It was good that way. I suppose they weren't as effective as they were over the last three or four games."

Young confirmed that Colm 'Gooch' Cooper will be fit for their semi-final clash

"He's going well. Just about a week out unfortunately to make the quarter-finals. His ball handling is perfect and things like that. The bit of contact, it was too soon for him. It will be good to see him back on the field again. It's great to see the likes of James (O'Donoghue) back as well. You always want to see everybody with a clean bill of health. It's good to see James back as well."

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