Saturday 25 May 2019

Kieran Donaghy announced as newest Sky Sports pundit - and names the four teams that can beat Dublin this summer

Kieran Donaghy was announced as the newest Sky Sports pundit ahead of this year's championship. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Kieran Donaghy was announced as the newest Sky Sports pundit ahead of this year's championship. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Conor McKeon

JUST four teams can credibly challenge Dublin for this year’s All-Ireland SFC title, according to Kieran Donaghy.

However, the retired Kerry star also stressed that it will take an underperformance from Jim Gavin’s team to stop them achieving a historic five-in-a-row later this year.

Speaking at today’s launch of Sky Sports GAA Championship coverage, where Donaghy was announced as their newest pundit, the Kingdom legend listed Kerry, Mayo, Tyrone and Galway as the pretenders.

"I think there’s genuinely four teams that can beat Dublin," he said, "but for that to happen, the three or four of them have to play out of their skin and Dublin have to have an off-day.

"That’s how Kerry lost in ’82. That’s how Kilkenny lost in 2010. So there’s so much to look forward to and analyse because it’s obviously going to be a huge story if they go and do it.

"But you’re going to have a bunch of players who want to be Seamus Darby and get that goal in the last minute.

"And for every neutral there on All-Ireland final day, if a Mayo man got a goal to stop them doing it, he wouldn’t buy in drink in Castlebar for a long time."

Peter Cavanan, meanwhile, predicted Kerry will stop Dublin doing what they failed to do in 1982 by halting their bid to win a fifth All-Ireland title in successive years.

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"Kerry’s going to get a bit of revenge for not getting their five-in-a-row," the Tyrone legend reckoned.

"They’ll sneak it. Kerry/Dublin final. And Kerry to win it."

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