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Kerry go in search of Semi Final Place against Monaghan 2015-03-25 08:42:00

Following their fine performance last time out when disposing of the Donegal challenge, there should be an equally good attendance at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday next when the All Ireland champions welcome Monaghan to the Kingdom’s capital. The League history between Kerry and Monaghan only stretches back twenty years or so – their first meeting was not until 1985 – and this had a lot to do with the structure of the League when divided into North and South sections as well as the fact that some of the northern teams did not always take part in the League until the latter stages when qualifying for the knock out stages through the old Lagan Cup competition.

Like many teams in Division 1 this year, Monaghan have had a mixed League campaign to date defeating Tyrone, Donegal and Derry , going down by a point to Cork in a high scoring game and being well beaten by Mayo. Kerry’s record is not too dissimilar and both sides are on six points in the table with Mayo, two behind leaders Cork, and crucially, just ahead of the chasing pack of Dublin, Tyrone and Donegal. Kerry’s scoring average is not good following the defeats by Mayo and Cork especially so points on the board is the only way of ensuring a semi final place.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his management team will be happy to see the injury list getting shorter  and that no doubt will increase the competition for places on the team – never a bad situation to be in. Management will also want to ensure that Kerry remain in competitive action for as long as possible to avoid an eleven week break to the start of the championship and two points against Monaghan on Sunday would go a long way towards avoiding that pitfall.

Throw in for Sunday’s game is 3pm with Marty Duffy (Sligo) in charge. A souvenir programme will be on sale inside the grounds.

Sunday’s AFL Game is All Ticket

Patrons attending Sunday’s Kerry v Monaghan Allianz League game in Austin Stack Park are reminded that the fixture is an all ticket affair.  There is a €5 pre-purchase discount (€10 pre-purchase and €15 on match day) for all Division 1 Allianz Football League fixtures. One key point to note is that this discount is only valid until midnight on the day before each fixture. Tickets will be available at all the usual outlets such as participating Centra and Supervalu stores nationwide, at tickets.ie, Austin Stack Park and the Kerry GAA Store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Two ticket vans will be in operation outside the ground. Admission to the stand is on a first come first served basis.