Kerry v Derry Minor, Sunday, 1:30pm
The Kerry minor team is very strong. They beat Sligo very easily in the quarter final. Derry have had a much more competitive route after winning Ulster and then beating Longford. Kerry still have a few players that were in the squad last year from the All-Ireland winning side so you can expect Kerry to win and beat the handicap of -2 at 6/5.
Kerry v Tyrone Senior, Sunday, 3:30pm
This year Kerry have gotten better, but you would wonder is it better to play plenty of games like Tyrone who have gotten better and better with each match. It’s often a team get’s caught like this when they’re not up to speed. But in saying that the devastating form that they showed in the second half against Kildare, albeit a Kildare team that lay down and died, but seven goals in any Championship match shows the ruthlessness of their forward line.
Tyrone have discovered a new forward line and my old friend Tiernan McCann has made a huge contribution. As well as lying down he has been the main man linking attack and defense. Darren McCurry has excelled and Sean Cavanagh is in the running for footballer of the year. They have better forwards then they did at the start of the Championship against Donegal. They’ve improved significantly, rejigged the team and they still have that relentless defense with their banks of four and everyone moving out quickly. Their scoring from defense to attack is very good.
Tyrone are gone as far as they will go in this year’s championship. They’ve beaten Kerry in their last three championship meetings. Two finals and a semi-final they will have no fear. Kerry will remember that and remember well. They will take nothing for granted. Tyrone are not the team that they were, but they are a team on the way up and are going to cause a lot of trouble in the next few years. Tyrone need to win a low scoring game and they can’t have afford to give away goals to Kerry. Tyrone don’t score many goals. A very important thing is whether or not James O’Donoghue is match fit. They didn’t miss him against Kildare, but this will be a totally different game. If he is fit at 7/2 he looks a good bet for first goalscorer. If not the ever reliable Gooch Cooper at 7/1 is the way to go.
I think Mayo will win the All-Ireland this year. They have the hardest run in to the win the All-Ireland. They have to beat Donegal, Dublin and Kerry (probably) the last three All-Ireland winners. To beat three All-Ireland winners to lift Sam would be a very hard thing to do. They are a much better team then last year and I think that Dublin will struggle because of a lack of a lack of a competitive match. The same problem as last year and they could face it again in the semi-final this year.