Kerry v Tyrone, Sunday, 3.30 pm, Croke Park
Kerry and Tyrone meet in the second of this years All-Ireland semi-finals. The game throws in at 3.30pm on Sunday. The winner will play either Dublin or Mayo in the All-Ireland Final. Once again, if you can’t make the game we will have live score updates from the below link.
Kerry come into the game on the back of wins over Clare and Cork in Munster. They have since beaten Mayo, drew with Donegal and beat Meath. Peter Keane will know his side will be tested even further here as they will get nothing easy from a well-drilled Tyrone side. They will have a plan in place and it will be up to Kerry to unlock them in defence, but they have the talent to do just that. In defence Brian O Beaglaoich, Gavin Crowley and Tom O’Sullivan will be key players. In midfield, David Moran will likely partner Adrian Spillane. David Clifford, Sean O’Shea, Paul Geaney and Stephen O’Brien will be key players in attack.
Tyrone come into the game having played 8 championship games already this summer. They beat Derry and Antrim, before losing to Donegal in the semi-final. They went on a qualifier run beating Longford, Kildare and Cavan. That meant they went through to the Super 8’s where they beat Roscommon and Cork, before losing to Dublin last weekend. Mickey Harte will look to players like Ronan McNamee and Colm Cavanagh (likely to player sweeper role) in defence. Cathal McShane, Mattie Donnelly and Peter Harte will be key players in attack.
Previous Championship Meetings
2015 Kerry 0-18 Tyrone 1-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2012 Kerry 1-16 Tyrone 1-06 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2008 Tyrone 1-15 Kerry 0-14 (All-Ireland Final)
2005 Tyrone 1-16 Kerry 2-10 (All-Ireland Final)
2003 Tyrone 0-13 Kerry 0-06 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1986 Kerry 2-15 Tyrone 1-10 (All-Ireland Final)
Kerry (All-Ireland SFC v Tyrone): Shane Ryan; Jason Foley, Tadhg Morley, Tom O’Sullivan; Paul Murphy, Gavin Crowley, Shane Enright; David Moran, Adrian Spillane; Gavin White, Sean O’Shea, Stephen O’Brien; David Clifford, Paul Geaney, Killian Spillane.
Kerry are favourites at odds of 4/5. Tyrone can be backed at odds of 6/4. The draw is 15/2. I think Kerry have the more potent forwards that can get a few goals which will win the game in the end. Stephen O’Brien to get the first goal at 10/1 looks a good bet. Backing Sean O’Shea to get the man of the match at 8/1 also looks a great bet.