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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Awesome Kingdom won't be defeated

David Clifford. Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
David Clifford. Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Kerry selector Tommy Griffin was quoted in various media outlets this week as saying his team "needed to improve from the semi-final" ahead of tomorrow's decider.

Prompting those who witnessed their leisurely but awesome dismantling of Kildare to observe that if they got any better, they'd be able to have a go at Division 2 of next year's Allianz League if they were allowed.

The Kingdom are leading the way at underage these past few years and this team may be the most special of them all.

They are, clearly, reaping huge dividends from the second-level football nurseries of St Brendan's College, Killarney and Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, who have shared the last three Hogan Cups between them and make up the torso of this Kerry minor team.

Talent

Not only that, but they have bright people managing the talent.

Griffin was the manager of PCD for their 2015 Hogan Cup win on St Patrick's Day and Éamonn Fitzmaurice was a selector.

Those who witnessed their display against Kildare in the semi-final were regularly awestruck by the comfort those players had on the ball and the impressively developed skill sets.

David Clifford (minor next year) is the undisputed stylist and star of the team, but their playmaker, Seán O'Shea, isn't far behind in the potential stakes.

And just to give total balance to a forward line that has contributed the main part of their 9-98 (average of 25 points per game) in the Championship so far, they have a brilliant full-forward-in-the-making in David Shaw.

In most other years, Galway would have a chance.

VERDICT: Kerry

MFC final:

Kerry v Galway

Tomorrow TG4 1.15

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