Saturday 25 May 2019

Kerry badly need friends in western places

Kerry's David Clifford. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Kerry's David Clifford. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile newsdesk

How about this for a scenario? Kerry beat Kildare and Galway do them a favour on Saturday by beating Monaghan.

Kerry overtake Monaghan on scoring difference and set up the following semi-finals: Dublin v Kerry; Galway v Tyrone or Donegal.

David Clifford and the rest of the forwards cut loose against Dublin, steering Kerry into the final where they beat Galway, who had kept them in the All-Ireland race.

It wouldn't be the first time Kerry rescued a season that appeared to have gone sour. Remember 2009? Cork beat them by eight points, Longford stretched them to the limit a Round 2 qualifier and it took a penalty save by Diarmuid Murphy from David Kelly to prevent Sligo, who eventually lost by a point, from taking the lead in the 67th minute in the next game.

There were mutterings of discontent in the air, but Kerry regrouped and, after hammering Dublin in the quarter-final beat, Meath and Cork to take the title. The difference this time is that their fate is out of their hands. Now if only they can get it back.

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