No lack of confidence for Kingdom ahead of Rebel test

Orlagh Farmer, Cork, in action against Aoife Lyonsy, Kerry.
Orlagh Farmer, Cork, in action against Aoife Lyonsy, Kerry.

Donal Barry

DESPITE defeating Cork twice already in the championship Kerry head into the All Ireland semi-final clash as bigger outsiders than they have been at any stage this season.

To some that would be surprising, but it is something Kerry team manager William O'Sullivan is aware of.

"That's probably how everyone outside the camp views it. To beat Cork once was a great achievement, twice was historic and most people think we can't do it again," O'Sullivan Kerry told The Kerryman in the lead up to All Ireland semi-final.

Kerry had to dig deep against Mayo last time out and O'Sullivan feels the long wait had an effect on that.

"The Mayo game was very big for us, we were a little rusty having not played in six weeks and that game will bring us on. Mayo are a coming side and they contested Division 1 so getting over them was massive for us."

He saw Cork first hand in Birr and was very impressed with their comeback.

"I think the pendulum has swung back to Cork, their second half performance against Dublin is what you expect of Cork."

However, belief in the camp is at an all-time high and he feels that the venue will play a part in the game.

"I have a full belief that our girls will go out and contest everything.

"We have beaten Cork already, so there is no confidence issues with us like in other years, we are the Munster champions by right and I think the venue will gear itself towards a high scoring game and we have forwards that will enjoy that."


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