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Posts Tagged ‘ Colm Cooper ’

GAA: Mayo And Kerry Eye Final Berth

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All-Ireland Senior Football Semi-Final

Kerry v Mayo

This will be a very interesting tactical affair as neither of these two sides have met in the championship since 2011, with the Kingdom emerging on top for most of the recent battles between these two sides. Mayo have yet to show us why they have made it to this stage of the championship, playing rather poorly with plenty of room for improvement. Kerry have had some hiccups to their play and they have left their defence very exposed on occasions, for example in the All-Ireland quarter final they conceded two relatively easy goals to Galway while Clare also put two past them in the Munster Championship.

Looking at both sides in depth, I would have to ask the question, are these two sides ready to win an All-Ireland at the moment? This is certainly a question that has puzzled me for a while, Kerry haven’t won a title in five years while Mayo haven’t won one in almost sixty years. Kerry’s Defence has at times this year been a little too nice to the opposition and have conceded goals a little too easily for my liking. Kerry’s midfield has been relatively okay so far this year, but they haven’t been as dominant in this area in the last few years and this is possibly a reason for them being left exposed in defence. Kerry forwards have been the main highlight to their championship as they are improving with every going season, with the absence of Colm Cooper due to an ACL tear. James O’Donoghue has been the main star for the Kingdom in the past two seasons and Mayo will certainly need to keep a close eye on him. Kerry still have some experienced forwards like Paul Geaney and Michael Geaney to help take pressure off  O’Donoghue. Continue reading

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GAA: Cork And Kerry Set For Munster Decider

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Munster Senior Football Championship

Cork V Kerry

The famous and greatest rivalry in the GAA renews again this weekend as Cork and Kerry battling it out for the Munster Championship. This will be one of the best games of the year with a close contest between the sides always expected. Kerry have been plagued with injuries this season, especially with the absence of Colm Cooper who has been an influential figure for Kerry in recent years. Continue reading

All Ireland Preview: Who Can Topple The Boys In Blue?

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With the long road to Croker having kick off in earnest, we’ll now take a look at the teams likely to raise Sam Maguire come September.

In Munster, the odds are firmly stacked in Cork and Kerry’s favour. Whoever can emerge from the traditional rivalry will be among the key contenders. It would be hard to see any other side from Munster upsetting this balance, claiming provincial glory outside of this two heavyweights of the game. Home advantage for either side could be a crucial factor on how they progress through the championship. Continue reading

Kerry Pick Up Their First League Win As Mayo Overcome Westmeath

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Kerry 3-15 Tyrone 0-9

Tyrone were the visitors to Killarney on Sunday and with Kerry’s poor league form so far, this was a must win game for them.

Both sides started slow with some handling errors present on both sides as the conditions weren’t great. Having traded points in the first half, both sides remained level at half time, with Tyrone’s Peter Harte and Kerry’s Bryan Sheehan being the influential figures for both.

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Rebels Rise Up The Table, As Late Tyrone Surge Sinks Kildare

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Dublin 0-18 Cork 1-17

Cork’s run so far in the league has been fairly impressive and when they travelled to Croke Park to face the Dubs, it was certain the encounter would not fail to disappoint.  Dublin have been fairly consistent so far in the league and seem to be building nicely towards the championship.

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