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Kerry closing in on a solution for their No 1 conundrum thanks to the consistency of Shane Ryan

Colm Keys


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Shane Ryan is the latest of several players who have worn the Kerry goalkeeper jersey over the course of the past decade. Photo: Sportsfile

Shane Ryan is the latest of several players who have worn the Kerry goalkeeper jersey over the course of the past decade. Photo: Sportsfile

Shane Ryan is the latest of several players who have worn the Kerry goalkeeper jersey over the course of the past decade. Photo: Sportsfile

Some 17 minutes into their All-Ireland semi-final replay against Mayo in 2017, the Kerry goalkeeper Brian Kelly put the ball down on a tee and surveyed his options with the intention – it seemed – to go short.

Some of his own players were in his vicinity but like sharks circulating close to the shore, so were red-and-black shirted Mayo players, five in all, among them Cillian and Diarmuid O’Connor, coiled and ready to pounce.


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