Kilmoyley just about fancied

Damian Stack

JUDGING by their relative performances against Kenmare / Kilgarvan there can only be one winner here.

Kilmoyley won by a whopping thirty four points against the southern combination. Abbeydorney won by just nine the week before. And yet you're not wholly convinced are you that Kilmoyley are raging hot favourites for this game? Neither are we.

Not on the back of Abbeydorney's seriously impressive turn against Lixnaw on Saturday evening. It's a game they could have and, really, should have won. Aidan Healy was a collussus, ably assisted on the half-back line by Kieran Dineen. The O'Learys, Brendan and Daniel, were impressive at midfield and up front O'Dorney were banging in the goals. They've got to be satisfied with that, but, perhaps, not.

Over the course of eighty minutes they managed just three points from play in the forwards – two for PJ Ryan and one for Michael O'Leary. They'll need to do better than that to do the business against Kilmoyley, who will have seen the goals they scored and vowed to prevent them doing anything similar against them.

They'll need to make better use of Darragh O'Connell on Saturday evening. They should consider playing him deeper than they did against Lixnaw, bring him into the game more, get him on the ball, put him in a position to pick the passes and pull the strings like he does for Kerry. Allow him to bring guys like Joe McCarthy and Damien Ryall more into the game.

Kilmoyley have similar enough problems to their opponents. They're strong in defence, strong around the middle, but lacking that little something up front. One good game against Kenmare / Kilgarvan isn't going to convince us otherwise.

On paper they're not at all bad up front – a half-forward line of Daniel Collins, Shane Brick and Sean Maunsell oozes class. Their inside line isn't nearly as impressive. Adrian Royle has the potential to shine in the number fourteen jersey, but until he bangs in a goal or two against decent opposition that won't be confirmed. Kilmoyley boss Leo O'Connor might consider playing Andy McCarthy from the start. McCarthy would see the ideal foil for Royle.

The way this year's championship has gone nothing would surprise us. A victory for Kilmoyley would seem to us just a little bit more likely than one by Abbeydorney. Kilmoyley are just that little bit further along in their development. Abbeydorney have shown so far in this championship that they're got the ability and potential to live with any team at this level, but a title challenge is likely beyond them from now.

Verdict: Kilmoyley