The Kerry senior football team will be hoping results go their way this weekend and that by Sunday evening they will have booked an All-Ireland Semi-Final place.
If Kerry beat Donegal on Sunday in Croke Park and Mayo beat Meath then Kerry will have qualified for the All-Ireland Semi-Final as group winners. In Group B, both Tyrone and Dublin are expected to win their respective Super 8s clashes with Cork and Roscommon and if they do, both Dublin and Tyrone will also have booked All-Ireland Semi-Final places with one phase of the Super 8s still to be completed on the August Bank Holiday weekend. Tyrone play host to Dublin in the final game of Group B with the winners of that game likely to top the group. A potential Kerry v Dublin All-Ireland Semi-Final clash is still a possibility if Tyrone defeat the Dubs in Omagh.
The scenario obviously changes if Kerry lose to Donegal on Sunday.
Few if any expected that. A 10 point hammering of a Mayo side that the pundits had believed had got our measure.
Next up is Donegal this Sunday in Croke Park.
The Ulster men finally got the better of Meath in a real battle – the final score flattering them.
The Royals looked good attacking the seam of their opponents’ defence. In fact, the Ulster champions looked very good on the front foot but less convincing in retreat.
That could be music to Kerry’s ears.
There’s no doubt that Kerry’s greatest strength is in their attack. There isn’t a side in the Super 8s with a better unit up the top end of the pitch – yes not even Dublin.
Kerry kept their Munster three-in-a-row ambitions at this level on track with a 12 point win over Limerick in Tralee on Thursday night last.
On the face of it, this might have looked like a good result but the reality is that Jack O’Connor and his backroom team will surely have been far from happy with the team’s overall performance.
Limerick, under the management of Kerry native Jerry O’Sullivan, set up with a well-organised mass defence and the reality is that Kerry struggled to break down this stubborn Treaty structure, especially in their lack lustre second half display.
There is a caveat here however and we have to be fair to both the players and management because it is absolutely ridiculous that Kerry are forced to field without David Clifford and Diarmuid O’Connor at this level. These two are a massive loss to Kerry at this level just as Clifford and Sean O’Shea were in 2018.