Tuesday 22 October 2019

'Whatever province you put Kerry in, they'd get to the final' - Aidan O'Mahony responds to Seán Cavanagh's claims

Former Kerry star Aidan O'Mahony. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Former Kerry star Aidan O'Mahony. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Former Kerry star Aidan O'Mahony insists Kerry would get to the final in any province despite Seán Cavanagh's claims to the contrary.

The Tyrone man insisted that "if Kerry were in another province they wouldn't be in the Super 8s," but O'Mahony described that as a "throwaway comment".

"I reckon Seán might be looking for a few headlines putting out a quote like that if I'm honest. Kerry won't be reading too much into that either. Even if Kerry were a bit poor against Cork, they are still winning. It's an utter throwaway comment from Seán. I wouldn't give it a second thought anyway, it was a bit silly. Whatever province you put Kerry in, they'd get to the final."

However he did share his concerns about the way in which the Kerry rearguard was cut open against Cork last Saturday night.

"It certainly was a worry to see Kerry opened up so easily. They only conceded 13 scores, but any top team will set up their stall not to let in goals and Kerry allowed Cork three of them. I believe it's a good thing going forward for them though, because it will open up Kerry's eyes to the problem.

"They definitely have to work on it and that goes for our forwards too. You cannot leave your man go off on a run, even if you are in the full forward line. The game has changed so much now, that as a forward, if your marker runs down the tunnel and out onto the road, then you have to go after him. The modern game demands it. Peter Keane is a shrewd operator though, and he'll sense that teams will try to run down the middle at Kerry now.

"The Kerry forwards need to work a bit harder out of possession. Their movement and pace against Cork was fantastic, but it's still a very young set of forwards - especially when you look at the likes of Seán O'Shea, David Clifford, Dara Moynihan and Diarmuid O'Connor.

"The experience of the Munster final will stand to them, but going into the future they'll need the kind of energy levels where they can defend as well."

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