The defeat of Killarney side Dr Crokes in Saturday’s All Ireland Senior Football Club Semi Final, may yet prove to be a blessing in disguise for Kerry football.
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Despite the disappointment of seeing their premier club side exit the competition, Kingdom supporters will be relieved to have the likes of Colm Cooper and Eoin Brosnan return to the fold.
This has been a difficult winter for Kerry football, with the excitement of a new management set up, quickly shot down by some dreadful results. League defeats to both Mayo and Dublin have set the alarm bells ringing and added to the pressure on new boss Eamon Fitzmaurice. However, to be fair to the Finuge man, he was always going to find life difficult as the county undergoes a transition period, and he has had to plan without a number of established stars for the last few months.
The early return of Tomas O’Se was not enough to bridge the gaps against Dublin, and now Fitzmaurice will be looking to the Crokes contingent to help steady the ship. Any county side would struggle with Colm Cooper, and the star forward will certainly make a difference. At the back, Eoin Brosnan has reinvented himself as a centre back, and his steely determination will add strength to a young defence. Johnny Buckley and Killian O’Leary are two others that have plenty of experience in the green and gold jersey, and both are seen as important members of the current panel.
With difficult away trips to Kildare, Tyrone and Donegal all ahead, Kerry will have to perform the great escape if they are to retain their Division One status for another year. A week ago that task looked beyond them, but suddenly things may be beginning to look up for Kerry football. With the likes of Cooper, Paul Galvin, Kieran Donaghty and Bryan Sheehan all ready to return, it would be a brave man that would bet against the most unlikely of outcomes.