Kerry’s Colm Cooper tries to shoot despite the attentions of  James McCarthy and Philly McMahon of Dublin  during the All-Ireland SFC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 0-12 Kerry 0-9 Croke Park surfed the blue wave, as Dublin celebrated an All-Ireland victory as sweet as it was unsightly. Undermined b(...)

Jim Gavin on Kerry’s midfield: “It’s one of their strengths and nobody’s been able to go after it yet, so it’s a big challenge for us in that department.” Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Jim Gavin came before us at the Dublin media night with an apology. He was late due to work commitments. A volunteer, he proceeded to work the room(...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is up against the fourth All-Ireland-winning Kerry manager of his long management career. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

This eagerly awaited encounter is dominated by the presence of Mickey Harte. The Tyrone manager is three from four in championship matches against (...)

 Kerry’s Johnny Buckley competes with Mattie Donnelly and Colm Cavanagh of Tyrone: You’d have to imagine Kerry have enough about them to see their way to September. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

After the sideshow – if you want to call it the short-back-and- sides-show, that’s quite your own business – time again for the ball to be in and t(...)

James O’Donoghue has been named in Kerry’s full forward line for the All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Tyrone at Croke Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice is in a position to roll out all of his big guns for Sunday’s All-Ireland football semi-final against Tyrone at Croke(...)

Bryan Sheehan’s presence for Kerry will add to  the kick-out options for Brendan Kealy. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

This Kerry team are masters of disguise. On the August bank holiday Sunday of last year, as they trotted out onto the field for the All-Ireland quar(...)

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien in action against Cork in the Munster SFC Final replay against Cork in Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There is still no room for Colm “Gooch” Cooper in the Kerry football team. Manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has made one change from the team which beat Cor(...)

Kerry captain Kieran Donaghy with supporters at the end of the game. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-6 Oh mercy. They said Cork might struggle to rekindle the fire of 13 days ago, and so it proved, Kerry safely keeping the Munster fo(...)

Cork’s Kevin O’Driscoll in action against Kerry’s Paul Geaney who returns to the Kingdom’s starting line-up for the replay at Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Selections are generally an indicator of how teams view replays. The obvious imperative after a draw is to learn from it and improve. A clear sign o(...)

Darragh Ó Sé shadows Graham Canty in the Munster semi-final replay in 2009. It was a game in which Kerry failed to match Cork’s tempo – but they were to regain their momentum in the qualifiers. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Replays are all about the head. Kerry and Cork wouldn’t have been able to do a whole pile of innovation between the drawn game and this weekend. Wi(...)