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Kildare could find going tough up front again as in-form Tyrone travel

"EXECUTION," said Jason Ryan, again and again after his team's loss in Páirc Uí Rinn last time out, but he wasn't, we must stress, directing any of his players towards the gallows.

Rather, the Kildare manager bemoaned how his team had so much ball but couldn't score at the same rate as the Rebels, on a day when shot selection was poor and creativity lacking.

Cork were well able for Tomás O'Connor's strength and, duly, Darroch Mulhall and Paddy Brophy were forced to forage for themselves for long parts.

Late on, as they desperately tried to close the gap with a goal, Kildare looked largely clueless as to how to do so right up until Cathal McNally eventually scored, too late to help gather any points.

Other than that, they worked hard and honestly, but it's up front against the best defences in the biggest games where Kildare must find greater consistency of tangible contribution.

Hugh McGrillen comes in for the injured Emmet Bolton, while Shane Connolly replaces Mark Donnellan as Ryan continues to rotate his number one jersey, but Tyrone are a good bet for the League and, after beating Kildare thrice last season, are justifiable favourites here.

ODDS: Kildare 5/4, Draw 15/2, Tyrone 4/5

VERDICT: Tyrone

MAYO v KERRY

(Castlebar, Tomorrow, 2.0. Live TG4)

IF neither of these counties is likely to find much solace in the League, equally, each would largely prefer to avoid the drama and drudge of a relegation battle.

Defeat by a Dublin team barely awake in 2014 and Derry at home might now seem trivial for Kerry in light of the recent "death in the family", as Colm Cooper's injury was deemed by one high ranking official, but they might now pay a princely sum for those early results all the same.

Mayo seem sturdier just now for the battle and the addition of Alan Freeman (left) and Michael Conroy to James Horan's XV strengthens them greatly in attack, though it was at the back where they struggled most in Omagh.

Conceded 2-15 is the stuff of relegation fodder, but at home, they're much likelier to be far meaner.

ODDS: Mayo 4/7, Draw 15/2, Kerry 7/4

VERDICT: Mayo

DERRY v WESTMEATH

(Celtic Park, Tomorrow, 2.0)

THE theory that Derry is a particularly difficult place to win doesn't hold as much water as it's given credit for.

They are not, on the basis of League results over the past five years, in the top five counties across Division 1 and 2 in terms of home wins, but that won't make it any easier on Westmeath tomorrow.

That they put it up to Dublin for large parts in Mullingar means Paul Bealin (left) will have had a positive to drive his team for the past three weeks, but if winter was hard for Westmeath, spring won't be much easier.

ODDS: Derry 1/4, Draw 8/1, Westmeath 4/1

VERDICT: Derry


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