Thursday 22 February 2018

'As PO would say, 'tighten to f***' - Tomás Ó Sé on the advice from his uncle Paidi that could fix Kerry's defence Newsdesk Newsdesk

Tomás Ó Sé thinks that the Kerry rearguard could benefit from one of his uncle Paidi's famous mantras when they look to contain Mayo in this Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final replay.

The Kingdom fullback line was destroyed in Sunday's draw, with Andy Moran notching 1-5 from play while Cillian O'Connor and Jason Doherty added a further 0-4 between them from open play.

Kerry fullback Mark Griffin was hauled off at half time, but All Star Shane Enright also struggled to keeps Moran under wraps, with Eamonn Fitzmaurice under pressure to shore up his side's defence ahead of this weekend's rematch.

Speaking to The Throw-In,'s GAA podcast, Ó Sé said he still thinks Kerry are better off without a sweeper, despite Kerry's defence being opened up by Mayo.

"Nothing radical has to be done, just a tweak of it," Ó Sé said.

"Against Dublin [in the league final] there wasn't that amount of space there. The strongest point Mayo had coming into this game was the running machine from the middle third and from their half backs and that is what Kerry focused on, maybe a little bit too much. They need to get the balance right, they need to stop that but at the same time mind the house.

"At the same time, I would say that our back line need to tighten up.

"I would say they trusted their men a bit too much to go man on man and to beat them man on man. If you had told me that Andy Moran was going to get 1-5 from play off Shane Enright I would have laughed at you. Three of those scores minimum came from ball watching."

Ó Sé also harked back to his late uncle Paidi's advice for what the Kerry fullback line should do this weekend.

"I think they need, as PO used to say, to 'tighten, tighten, tighten to f***', that is what he used to say. That is literally what you have to do."


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