Wednesday 21 February 2018

Colm O'Rourke: Kingdom can make class tell in company of wolves

Colm O'Rourke expects Kerry and Cork to emerge today -- but they will have to scrap for it

One of the great certainties of life is that Kerry will be in the All-Ireland quarter-finals and this year they were like the three wise men who went home by a different route to avoid King Herod.

Kerry were sent on this adventure by Cork and the ship very nearly ran aground in Mullingar. After that, the fixture-makers gave them their greatest gift, a home draw against Tyrone, a game with so much baggage that they had to win or the players might as well have packed up and disappeared quietly in the dead of night to live under an assumed name in some foreign country like North Korea or Kilkenny, there to spend their lives in silent prayer to atone for past sins.

Anyway, it didn't come to that. The old hands discovered form at the eleventh hour and within a few weeks the team that looked finished is now the side that everyone wants to avoid.

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