Saturday 18 January 2020

Tomás Ó Sé: The biggest mistake Kerry made against Mayo was dropping James O'Donoghue Sportsdesk

Five-time Kerry All-Ireland winner Tomás Ó Sé has said that the Kingdom's biggest mistake in Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final loss to Mayo was dropping James O'Donoghue.

O'Donoghue was a gameday scratch for defender Tom O'Sullivan with Ó Sé lamenting Kerry's decision to drop the former Footballer of the Year in favour of adopting a sweeper system.

"I think how the game panned out, and how the sweeper system backfired, and the way James O'Donoghue played in the second-half, I think it was the wrong decision," Ó Sé told the's GAA podcast The Throw-In.

"I don't think he played all that poor the weekend before to be quite honest with you. I think they sacrificed him for the system they wanted to play and I think it was probably the biggest mistake they made.

"I think there was no link between our midfield and I think we sucked everybody back. There was no link between our midfield and our full-forward line.

"And the shape that came out of our attack, I think James O'Donoghue, had he of been in there, he would have stayed in close to goal at least.

"I think Kerry missed a trick in that and I think what Eamonn Fitzmaurice was trying to do was be more defensive and not have the same space that was there the first day.

"But I think we didn't have to sacrifice James O'Donoghue to achieve that."

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