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Frank Roche: Dublin's fitness told: Kerry's O'Keeffe

DUBLIN aren't the only ones with a host of wannabes staking their claims to a county jersey. The same applied to Kerry yesterday and, according to Ger O'Keeffe, their young guns got something of a lesson, writes Frank Roche.

The Kerry selector was stand-in manager for the day, in the absence of Jack O'Connor following the death of his father. Afterwards - while able to wisecrack about his 'played one, lost one' record - O'Keeffe viewed it as a timely lesson for the younger members of a team that included just five All-Ireland final starters from last September.

Dublin, he surmised, were far superior in the first half: full of application and much fitter, not surprising given Kerry's recent globe-trotting.

"I would say that they probably had a lot more work done than what the president of the GAA might begin to realise on the first of January! If you compare their fitness to the Kerry fitness, they definitely were ahead of us on that."