Darragh Ó Sé’s guide to the Kerry starting team

Six-time All-Ireland winner looks at the side tasked with denying Dublin five-in-a-row

 

1. Shane Ryan (Rathmore)

Age: 23
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 90kg (14st 2lbs)

Plays outfield with his club so he’s learning as he goes with Kerry. A confident young man, he’ll need every bit of it here. Must stay cool and not get rattled. @Shane_r14

2. Jason Foley (Ballydonoghue)

Age: 21
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 85kg (13st 5lbs)

Has electric pace but his judgment and positional sense are weaknesses. Still developing as a player and has been willing to take on big jobs in each game so far.

3. Tadhg Morley (Templenoe)

Age: 25 Height: 6’0” Weight: 82kg (13st)

A tough player who has been handed tough tasks. The most physical of the Kerry backs, he’s been consistent this year. I can see him taking on Con O’Callaghan. @tadhgmorley

4. Tom O’Sullivan (Dingle)

Age: 22
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 79kg (12st 3lbs)

Kerry’s go-to man-marker in recent games, covering Peter Harte and Jamie Brennan. Goes into the game on a high after those performances.

5. Paul Murphy (Rathmore)

Age: 28
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 75kg (11st 1lb)

Kerry’s most consistent defender over a number of years but hasn’t had his best summer. Got a bit lost as a sweeper against Tyrone, exposing the full-back line. @P_Murphy91

6. Gavin Crowley (Templenoe)

Age: 24
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 82kg (12st 12lbs)

Hasn’t done too badly in his first extended run in the team. Brings a good level of athleticism and physicality, and he could take up Ciarán Kilkenny. @GavinCrowley9

7. Brian Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht)

Age: 23
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 80 kg (12st 8lbs)

A natural wing-back. Played well against Meath and Tyrone. Has a habit of going into the tackle with the ball - okay at club level but he can’t do that against the Dubs. @brianbegley1

8. David Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Age: 32
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 92kg (14st 6lbs)

Kerry’s most important player, considering what it would mean if he came out on top over Fenton. On his day, he can outplay any midfielder. This has to be one of those days. @D1Moran

9. Adrian Spillane (Templenoe)

Age: 25
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 83 kg (13st 1lb)

Very good against Mayo but his level dropped against Meath and he hasn’t reached the heights since. Powerful enough to play effectively on Michael Darragh Macauley. @adrian_spillane

10. Gavin White (Dr Crokes)

Age: 22
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 84 kg (13st 3lbs)

A wing-back picked at wing-forward, giving Kerry flexibility if they want to bring on a forward later in the game. Quick, strong, dogged and a fine tackler. 

11. Seán O’Shea (Kenmare)

Age: 21
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 85 kg (13st 5lbs)

A class player and will only get better. Great comfort to the rest of the team because he so rarely misses a free. Could do more from general play but a big plus for Kerry. @Seanieos

12. Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare)

Age: 28
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 86kg (13st 7lbs)

Kerry’s best player this summer. Experienced, elusive and very strong mentally. Has the direct running to make the Dubs worry about him rather than the other way around. @Stephenob15

13. David Clifford (Fossa)

Age: 20
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 86kg (13st 8lbs)

Exceptional player when Kerry have possession but I would worry about his work-rate against the Dubs. Needs to do more to defend from the front and turn the ball over. @davidcliff13

14. Paul Geaney (Dingle)

Age: 28
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 87kg (13st 9lbs)

Has come back to form through the season. Ruthless at the top of the D, as he showed against Donegal. Goals happen around him and Kerry will need them. @Geaney15

15. Killian Spillane (Templenoe)

Age: 23
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 84 kg (13st 3lbs)

Has all the skills and is a beautiful kicker of the ball. But as with Clifford, Kerry are going to need more from him in terms of work-rate and tackling. @KSpillane96

Other players used this Championship

Jack Barry (Na Gaeil), Micheál Burns (Dr Crokes), Mark Griffin (St Michael’s Foilmore), Shane Enright (Tarbert), Jonathan Lyne (Legion), Dara Moynihan (Spa), Diarmuid O’Connor (Na Gaeil), Tomas Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), James O’Donoghue (Legion), Graham O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses), Jack Sherwood (Firies), Tommy Walsh (Kerins O’Rahilly’s), Robert Wharton (Renard).

Management

Peter Keane, Tommy Griffin, Donie Buckley, James Foley, Maurice Fitzgerald.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.