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Kerry Head to Castlebar for Round 5 of the AFL 2016-03-09 18:32:00


Kerry Head to Castlebar for Round 5 of the AFL

Following that heart-warming victory over Donegal on Sunday last, Kerry senior footballers head to Castlebar on Sunday next to take on Mayo where two more valuable League points are at stake. Kerry have not fared well against the Connaught county in the League in recent years, 2011 being the last time they achieved a victory and one has to go all the way back to 2005 for the last victory on Mayo soil. Mayo lost their opening game to Cork by 9 points and then went down to 2 point defeats to both Dublin and Donegal before coming good late on to defeat Monaghan last weekend.

The likes of Killian Young, Jonathan Lyne and Tommy Walsh are still nursing knocks and may not be available for selection and of course Alan Fitzgerald is ruled out due to suspension following his dismissal last Sunday for a retaliatory strike. The victory over Donegal is bound to have a positive effect on the Kerry players and has relieved the pressure somewhat following the disappointing losses to Dublin, and Roscommon in particular. However, Sunday’s encounter will be no easy task against a side fighting for survival.

The news that Mikey Geaney has recommenced training will no doubt be welcomed by the Kerry management who also await the return of Mikey’s cousin Paul, Anthony Maher and James O’Donoghue.

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1:Preview

Saturday (7pm)
Down v Dublin, Newry
Sunday (2pm)
Cork v Monaghan, Pairc Ui Rinn
Sunday (2.30pm)
Mayo v Kerry, Elverys MacHale Park
Sunday (3pm)
Donegal v Roscommon, Letterkenny

Following that heart-warming victory over Donegal on Sunday last, Kerry senior footballers head to Castlebar on Sunday next to take on Mayo where two more valuable League points are at stake. Kerry have not fared well against the Connaught county in the League in recent years, 2011 being the last time they achieved a victory and one has to go all the way back to 2005 for the last victory on Mayo soil. Mayo lost their opening game to Cork by 9 points and then went down to 2 point defeats to both Dublin and Donegal before coming good late on to defeat Monaghan last weekend.
The likes of Killian Young, Jonathan Lyne and Tommy Walsh are still nursing knocks and may not be available for selection and of course Alan Fitzgerald is ruled out due to suspension following his dismissal last Sunday for a retaliatory strike. The victory over Donegal is bound to have a positive effect on the Kerry players and has relieved the pressure somewhat following the disappointing losses to Dublin, and Roscommon in particular. However, Sunday’s encounter will be no easy task against a side fighting for survival.
The news that Mikey Geaney has recommenced training will no doubt be welcomed by the Kerry management who also await the return of Mikey’s cousin Paul, Anthony Maher and James O’Donoghue.
Eight points is usually enough to earn a semi-final place so if Dublin maintain their 100 per cent record and beat Down on Saturday, Jim Gavin’s men will be within touching difference of reaching the last four a fourth successive year.
Down are trapped at the bottom of the table having lost all four games so far, leaving them at serious risk of returning to the Allianz Football League Division 2 after just one season in the top flight. Dublin (home), Cork (away) and Mayo (away) are their remaining fixtures. Roscommon, who were promoted with Down this year, have done much better, beating Cork, Kerry and Down and losing narrowly to Monaghan. They are on six points alongside Donegal, whom they meet in Letterkenny on Sunday. The sides have an identical scoring difference, +24 points, which is the best in the Allianz Football League Division 1.
Cork made a good start to the Allianz Football League, beating Mayo in the first round but have since lost to Donegal, Roscommon and Dublin, leaving them in second last position as they prepare to host Monaghan, who are in fifth place. Cork beat Monaghan by a point in last year’s Allianz Football League.

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Donnchadh Walsh voted GAA.ie Football Player of the Week for last Sunday's game V Donegal. CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY