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Galway to test Kerry mettle in late stages

IF there was potential for a surprise this weekend, it could be in the opening quarter-final between Kerry and Galway. Galway football has suffered a barren period in recent years but the results of underage success are now beginning to show within their ranks.

Alan Mulholland has needed to be patient but now he has a team that is beginning to take shape. A backline, that may be a bit suspect at times, is complimented by a solid midfield pairing together with pacey forwards like Michael Lundy, Paul Conroy, Danny Cummins and the talented Shane Walsh.

Mulholland openly declared that Galway would come to Croke Park and be willing to have a shoot-out up front with Kerry. I suspect he will revaluate his strategy this week and will implement a game plan that will focus on closing down space for James O'Donoghue and cutting off the supply line out the field.

As regards the Kingdom, we know what they are capable of but Galway could identify a few weaknesses and they may not have it all their own as they did against Cork.

Experience could prove to be crucial coming into the last quarter of the match and that is where Kerry will take advantage and win out with a few points.