Sunday 22 September 2019

Walsh and Barry in frame for Kingdom final starts

 

Walsh’s aerial ability and power could test a Dublin defence that has been vulnerable in the past. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Walsh’s aerial ability and power could test a Dublin defence that has been vulnerable in the past. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kerry are weighing up whether they should start Jack Barry and Tommy Walsh in Sunday's All-Ireland football final with Dublin.

Walsh made a big impact when he came on against Tyrone in the semi-final, setting up scores for David Clifford and David Moran, while also taking two kick-outs to relieve pressure.

Walsh's aerial ability and power could test a Dublin defence that has been vulnerable in the past to such threats but, crucially, has dealt with players like Aidan O'Shea and Kieran Donaghy when they have faced them.

Barry has had a decent record in opposition to Brian Fenton in league games that the county have met in over the last few years but he has played little football since starting against Cork in the Munster final because of injury.

Gavin White was named to start against Tyrone but only came on as a second-half substitute because of illness.

White has been operating as a defensive half-forward and after picking up Donegal's Ryan McHugh before being black-carded he looks likely to be handed the task of curbing Jack McCaffrey, something Mayo's Paddy Durcan, also a regular half-back, did so impressively in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Brian ó Beagloaich was White's replacement the last day but he did enough to retain his place as a half-back with Shane Enright, taken off at half-time against Tyrone, most likely to lose out.

Kerry are due to announce their team on Friday night.

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