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Kelly enjoying new role

PETER KELLY says, with no scant understatement, "if any team scores six goals against Kilkenny in Nowlan Park and loses, you have to count yourself unlucky".

Similarly, he dubs the March 2012, 5-16 to 6-12 clash between Dublin and the Cats, "very entertaining to look at," understandable given the fact that the Lucan Sarsfields defender was injured at the time.

Even with JJ Delaney, Brian Hogan and Tommy Walsh retired, you can't expect Kilkenny to be quite so flaithiúlach again tomorrow when Dublin come to visit, even if the Dubs most recent outing against last year's All-Ireland runners-up yielded the bulksome tally of 2-20 just last Sunday.

"Yeah, look, we know what to expect down there," Kelly says.

"Kilkenny set the tone there (against Cork last Saturday night).

"They showed that they don't have a holiday hangover or anything like that.

"So it's a huge task but we'll just be looking forward to it.

"That just shows the team that Kilkenny are. If you read too much into the lads that they're missing, you might get caught off guard.

"So I think that Kilkenny played off that and we'll need to get a good performance down there."


Of course no conversation about Dublin hurling at the minute would be complete without mention of the musical chairs game going on in some key positions.

Kelly, naturally enough for a player with a rare enough blend of pace, a physical presence and a consistently sweet strike, is central to all this positional jiggery pokery.

"Full-back, you're more looking out the pitch the whole time, the game is played out in front of you," he says of the spot he has at least temporarily vacated.

"At centre-back, you have to be more able to swivel and mark space rather than just marking your man.

"There is probably a lot more multi-tasking to be done at centre-back. I've settled in to it well now, I think."

"You get the the opportunity to stretch the legs and get away from goal. Mikey's (Carton) settled in at full-back as well. So I think it's all working out so far.

"That's what Ger said coming in. 'We'll be trying lads in new positions, just be open to it'," he explains.

"And we have been from that start," the Lucan Sarsfields man concludes.