Kerry boss Peter Keane reports a clean bill of health ahead of Tyrone game

Manager predicts semi-final will be a tight game against the Ulster champions

Kerry manager Peter Keane has reported a clean bill of health for next weekend's All-Ireland football semi-final against Ulster champions Tyrone. It is the third semi-final between the counties in the last seven years.

“Things are good at the moment. We were training last night and every player we have available was training on the field. They were all out there.

“Obviously we have two or three more sessions before game time so you are always keeping your fingers crossed that nothing will happen in the meantime, but any injuries we have had are coming along nicely and they are putting up their hand for a spot.”

Earlier in the week, team captain Paul Murphy had indicated that Diarmuid O'Connor and Dara Moynihan still hadn't resumed training but Keane confirmed that both were back on the paddock.


“All fully loaded and everyone was on the field last night.”

He was also asked what sort of a game he was expecting. When the counties met in June’s Division One semi-final, Kerry were runaway winners, 6-16 to 1-13.

“I can’t overly speak to what they will do but I can speculate maybe as to what they may do. I think they have very experienced players and are more than capable of kicking a big score themselves and they are very competent in behind, the defence is very good by them so I think you’ll see a mix of it.

“Do I see a shoot-out? No I don’t see a shoot-out, but it will be a very tight game.”

The Kerry-Tyrone All-Ireland semi-final will be in Croke Park on Sunday week, August 15th, with a 3.30 throw-in.