Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Kerry’s Aidan O’Mahony in the GAA Senior Championship quarter final at Croke Park in 2012. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Kingdom have more of a scoring threat and won’t give away goals like Dublin did

Management is crucial around now. These players are in the shape of their life. Some of them are like a prize racehorse bursting for the stalls to open. Others are standing in the stable, waiting for the day itself to arrive before they rise themselves. Photograph: Inpho

Darragh Ó Sé: This weekend is intense but it lays the foundation for the biggest game of their lives

Jim McGuinness picked his players up after getting a hiding at the end of last year and has brought them to another All_Ireland final. “Think about what that takes. It’s about moulding minds over a long period of time, making fellas believe it’s possible,” says Darragh Ó Sé.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kerry and Donegal are teams built on trust and honesty, led by two men who insist on it

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue with Mayo’s Keith Higgins. “I thought Higgins had an outstanding game and yet O’Donoghue still scored 1-3.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I’m siding with Kerry and Dublin to come through the weekend’s two semi-finals

Kerry’s  James O’Donoghue is capable of causing Mayo’s defence serious problems on Sunday. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kingdom boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice will have left nothing to chance and his players are coming into form at the right time

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody urges on his charges during last Sunday’s memorable victory over Limerick. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

His team’s never-say-die display against Limerick further evidence of the spirit instilled by their long-serving manager

Within squads, there’s huge enjoyment and huge competition going on side by side

Cork’s Eoin Cadogan attempts a block on and Paul Geaney of Kerry during this year’s  Munster final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

We’ll know more about the destiny of Sam Maguire after this weekend

Donegal’s Ryan Bradley and Michael Darragh MacAuley of Dublin during the sides’ All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park in August 2011. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Jim McGuinness’s team aren’t just bodies behind the ball – they’re organised, clinical and totally in sync

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