After the match comes the rematch. After the draw comes the replay. This might be a bit of a shock for the Kerry folk – the last time they were in this position was the Munster final of 2015 – but for us it’s almost business as usual at this stage.
Since that rematch with Kerry three years ago we’ve had two rounds with Dublin and inside the last month we had to have two runs at the Rossies. We can, perhaps, be accused of being slow learners in the replay department – losing to Kerry and twice to Dublin – but our destruction of Roscommon three weeks ago shows we have the ability to become a different and more dangerous animal second time around.
Can you smell the fear? Kerry were quick out of the traps with their whining over David Gough’s appointment as ref for the replay, given his mistake late on in last year’s semi-final. Will these mind games work? Will that error play on Gough’s mind?
Well, Maurice Deegan clearly never lost any sleep over the many dodgy calls he made against us last October and did nothing in the way of restorative justice for us last Sunday. I doubt very much if David Gough will be minded to do likewise for Kerry on Saturday.
A quick review of the nationals just now confirms the old adage that yesterday’s headlines are today’s fish and chips wrappings. The papers have moved on to the Dublin/Tyrone semi-final and – given the borderline hysteria in some of the material about us that saw the light of day yesterday – it’s no bad thing that our rematch won’t be the primary focus over the coming days.
In any event, having had so many matches this summer we know that there’s simply no time to dwell on this nonsense, nor is there time either for looking back. After the match comes the rematch – right? – so that’s where our focus needs to be from here on.
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Team news – none at the minute from what I can see. There’s no word of any injuries following Sunday’s game so fingers crossed that we’re looking at a full deck to choose from once more for the replay. I guess we’ll once again wait until Friday night before naming the team.
Right, to finish up let’s see what the confidence are like. The bookies have Kerry as clear 4/7 favourites but what do you reckon – will we do it on Saturday?
Will we win the replay?
- Yes (84%, 891 Votes)
- No (16%, 171 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,062