Kerry v Donegal, Sunday, 4 pm, Croke Park
A win here for either side will more than likely send through to an All-Ireland semi-final. The game throws in at 2 pm and is live on RTE, if you can’t get to the game we will be bringing you score updates.
Peter Keane will be delighted with his side’s performance against Mayo, in truth he probably didn’t think it was going to be that easy of a win. Kerry beat Clare and Cork in Munster before going on to the Super 8’s. This will be their toughest game in the group and Donegal will provide a stiff challenge. Peter Keane will look to players like Tadgh Morley, Tom O’Sullivan and Paul Murphy in defence. David Moran had a fantastic game against Mayo and he will likely continue with Diarmuid O’Connor who also played well. In attack, David Clifford, Paul Geaney, Sean O’Shea and Dara Moynihan will be key players.
Donegal come into this game on the back of a good campaign in Ulster winning the Anglo-Celt Cup. They began their Super 8’s with a win over Meath last weekend, in a game that could of went either way if Meath didn’t panic in the final 15 minutes. Donegal took the game by the scruff of the neck and powered home past the Royals winning 2-19 to 1-13. Declan Bonner will look to players like Ryan McHugh, Neill McGee and Odhran McFadden Ferry. Eoghan Ban Gallagher is out with an ankle injury and could be out for the remainder of the season. Paddy McBrearty, Michael Murphy and Jamie Brennan will be tasked with unlocking the Kerry defence.
Previous Championship Meetings
2012 Donegal 1-12 Kerry 1-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2014 Kerry 2-09 Donegal 0-12 (All-Ireland Final)
Peter Keane speaking after the win over Mayo said “Look, we’re reasonably happy. We kicked well today, 1-22, 1-19 against Cork, so we’re quite happy with the kicking. That’s my immediate reaction”.
Declan Bonner speaking to Sky Sports said It sets us up now for a match against Kerry. We know we need improvement, and we’ll start with that on Tuesday night “All aspects – with the ball, without the ball. We just need to get better. I thought we were sloppy at times.
Kerry (Super 8s v Donegal): Shane Ryan; Jason Foley, Tadgh Morley, Tom O’Sullivan; Paul Murphy, Gavin Crowley, Gavin White; David Moran, Jack Sherwood; Adrian Spillane, Sean O’Shea, Graham O’Sullivan; David Clifford, Paul Geaney, Stephen O’Brien
Kerry are 8/11 to win this game, while Donegal are priced at 6/4. The draw should be considered at 15/2. I would back the draw at 15/2,