Foley says defenders are working hard to tighten up their skills

Kerry to host Galway or Mayo and go to Meath or Clare in Super 8 group

Kerry footballer Jason Foley says the players and management have been "working really hard" in training since the Munster Final to work on the defensive issues that game against Cork showed up.

Foley said all concerned with Kerry took positives and some negatives from their win in Pairc Ui Chaoimh was but was phlegmatic when asked about concernes over the concession of three goals to the Rebels.

"We heard that Cork had won challenge games and that they were flying in training by all accounts, so we were well aware of what they were going to bring. We were expecting it really and we got it. They're a good Cork team.

"We took positives out of that game; we took a couple of negatives out of that game. No team likes to be conceding three goals in any game so Donie [Buckley], Tommy [Griffin] and Peter [Keane] have been working really hard with us in training to put those things right. Hopefully we've learned enough from the Munster Championship to move forward into the Super 8s.

"We were very well defensively set up in the earlier part of the year but things happen in games. Sometimes you're going to concede goals in games and sometimes you're not. The opposition we've faced in Munster this year - Cork and Clare - have brought serious, serious stuff. And you can see they're on the brink of making some breaks as well. You have to give those teams credit. We'll work on it and hopefully put things right."

With the make-up of the Super 8s groups a little clearer after last Monday's Round 4 Qualifier draw, Foley is only concerned about Kerry's first game against either Galway or Mayo in Killarney the weekend after next.

The following week Kerry take on Donegal in a battle of provincial champions in Croke Park.

Foley was a starter in that Super 8 loss to Galway in Croke Park but neither that, nor playing Donegal - a side Kerry hasn't played since their 2014 All-Ireland Final meeting - is occupyinmg the minds of the players just yet, according to Foley. .

"It may spoken of the week leading up to the game," the Ballydonoghue man said, speaking at the launch of the All-Ireland series in Monaghan on Tuesday.

"I know it's Croke Park but it's just another team, another stadium. Nobody likes to lose in Croke Park regardless of where you're at. I've lost in Croke Park a couple of times; I've won in Croke Park a couple of times. It's just another game for me really. If we can get a win against Donegal that will be great. It's obviously going to be very tough in a neutral venue. That's what you strive for, playing in Croke Park. And if you win there, even better.

"I think the new system is very positive for us. There are more games and as players, at the end of the day, you want to be playing more games. You want to be tested against the best opposition possible.

"With the previous route you could be coming into a quarter-final cold and you could be coming into a semi-final not having a lot to work on. That could be a dangerous place to be. We've now three games to prove ourselves and whoever goes into the semi-final will have earned it."

So things are ticking along nicely as far as Foley is concerned, the management team is adjusting to life in the senior dugout, and the familiarity with Peter Keane for a lot of the younger players places the Munster champions in a relatively positive position.

"The new management has brought a serious air of freshness to the whole thing," Foley said. "I suppose I've been in both set-ups. Obviously we were bitterly disappointed to see Eamonn [Fitzmaurice] leave because he was such a great manager but Peter has come in and a great job has been done since. He's lucky to have the players he's had since minor level and he's seen us develop from a young age. That's useful. He knew what he was getting himself into already. [They're doing] a great job so far - long may it continue."

Meanwhile, Kerry will know the make-up of their Super 8 group following this weekend's Round 4 Qualifiers, which sees Galway face Mayo in Limerick, Tyrone and Cavan meet in Clones, Cork play Laois in Thurles and Meath take on Clare in Portlaoise.

The GAA have confirmed the fixtures for the first two rounds of the Super 8s with Kerry to host Galway or Mayo in Killarney on Sunday, July 14 at 4pm in the first round.

The following Sunday, July 21 Kerry will play Donegal in Croke Park at 4pm, preceded by Galway or Mayo versus Meath or Clare at 2pm.

Kerry will travel to Meath or Clare on August 3, 4 or 5.

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