Donegal’s Eamon McGee and Kieran Donaghy of Kerry under the dropping ball at Croke Park in the All-Ireland quarter-final of 2012. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

I’m expecting a close contest but I’m also expecting Kerry to win by whisker.Some of the reasoning is to do with good luck and how fortunate Kerry wer(...)

“You can measure everything, but how important is the piece of information is the important thing. You could end up with paralysis by analysis. It can go wrong if you’re spending too much time trawling over data with little effect” – Cork manager Brian Cuthbert. Photograph:  Russell Pritchard/Presseye/Inpho

Pep Guardiola, who is widely lauded as the most original thinker in soccer coaching at the top level, says his favourite part of the job is when he’s (...)

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy and Eamonn McGee of Donegal in action during the 2012 All-Ireland quarter-final. The pair will renew battle in the All-Ireland football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

After two attention grabbing semi-finals with unexpected winners, you’d normally expect more of a sense of infinite possibility about tomorrow’s GA(...)

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue reacts after missing a point in the drawn semi-final against Mayo. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Perspective is everything. Late in the draw between Kerry and Mayo, James O’Donoghue went for glory. He missed. Declan O’Sullivan spat bile at him.On(...)

Donegal’s Neil McGee in the semi-final against Dublin last month. “Like a lot of teams we are together a long time.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

They don’t get any easier. Having overcome Bernard Brogan and company in the last days of August, Neil McGee has spent the last three weeks studying a(...)

Donegal’s Neil McGee gets a challenge in ahead of Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara in Sunday’s All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was while driving to an International Rules training camp that the text came through and Michael Murphy didn’t hesitate. He turned the car around a(...)

Kerry’s David Moran with Jason Doherty and Cillian O’Connor of Mayo. Moran’s display in midfield was a huge plus factor for Kerry. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In all my years playing and watching Kerry football it’s hard to recall a game of such nervous excitement as witnessed at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturd(...)

Mayo’s cause wasn’t helped when Aidan O’Shea was injured just before half-time in an accidental collision with team-mate Cillian O’Connor. Photo:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Scenes from the Gaelic Ground, Saturday August 30th: Kerry men and women of all ages, wild-eyed with delight emerging from the shadows of the Mackey S(...)

Mayo’s Lee Keegan takes a tumble as Kerry’s Peter Crowley makes off with the ball during the replayed All-Ireland semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 After a week of controversy about venue and suspension or non-suspension, Kerry and Mayo in an epic that spilled over in(...)

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy celebrates scoring a goal during the All-Ireland semi-final replay against Mayo at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 (aet)A truly extraordinary match in Limerick this evening eventually laid waste to Mayo’s current great quest for the Sam Maguire(...)