We have live score updates from the division one clash between Kerry v Mayo.
Kerry and Mayo meet in the final round of matches in Division One of the Allianz National Football League, at Austin Stack Park in Tralee this Sunday(2.30). The hosts have already qualified for the semi-finals and have little to play for, while the visitors know that a victory in the Kingdom would almost certainly guarantee them a spot in the latter stages.
Jack O’Connor has taken this game as an opportunity to try out some of his fringe players and it could possibly open the door for an experienced Mayo outfit. The likes of Peter Crowley, Patrick Curtain and Barry John Keane have all been staking a claim for regular starting berths this season and are certain to feature prominently for the home side this Sunday. The move of Kieran Donaghy to midfield is one that can certainly work and is worth trying at this stage of the campaign. Kerry have gone about their business without too much difficulty in the league this season and at times they have looked very sharp. A shock defeat to Armagh in the second round is their only blip to date and that can almost certainly be put down to taking the opposition likely, after a brilliant victory over Dublin the weekend previously. O’Connor let his charges know what he thought of them after the Armagh defeat and it has been business as usual ever since.
Mayo have surprised many pundits with their form this season,but in truth, they are a side that can always play above themselves in this competition. The real acid test will come this weekend, when they face the green and gold, with a place in the league semi finals at stake. Mayo have never had a problem beating Kerry in the regular season when there is nothing to play for, but with a prize in sight, they always tend to fall apart at the sight of the men from the south. This will be a huge game for James Horan and his men and one that they really have to win.
Despite having already qualified for the last four, Kerry will want to continue with their winning run and are unlikely to field too inexperienced a side. While it would not be a surprise to see Mayo raise their game and take the points, the fear is that old Mayo failing of playing Kerry in a competitive tie will come back and haunt them once again.
Kerry (NFL Division One V Mayo): B Kelly; S Enright, K Young, B McGuire; P Crowley, E Brosnan, J Lyne; A Maher, K Donaghy; D O’Callaghan, BJ Keane, J Buckley; C Cooper, P Curtin, K O’Leary.
Mayo (FL v Kerry): David Clarke, Eoghan Reilly, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins, Lee Keegan, Donal Vaughan, Colm Boyle, Jason Gibbons, Aidan O’Shea, Kevin McLoughlin, Andy Moran, Alan Dillon, Cillian O’Connor, Jason Doherty, Michael Conroy.