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Friday 9 December 2016

Kerry will try every trick

But Bohan is backing Dublin's pace and Gavin's level head to swing a semi-final 'cliffhanger'

Kerry's Aidan O'Mahony (left) is shown a red card by referee Eddie Kinsella for a foul on Jonny Cooper during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Final Croke Park last April. Photo: Sportsfile
Kerry's Aidan O'Mahony (left) is shown a red card by referee Eddie Kinsella for a foul on Jonny Cooper during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Final Croke Park last April. Photo: Sportsfile

Kerry will try "absolutely anything" to end their losing streak against Dublin on Sunday, says Mick Bohan. But he doesn't believe they'll succeed.

The current Clare coach, part of Jim Gavin's coaching team in 2013 and '14, has seen Kerry up close twice this summer.

And he claimed: "I think what we're going to see on Sunday will be almost on a par to what we witnessed when Donegal first arrived on the scene. You're going to see a very cynical Kerry team who are checking and holding and blocking runs.

"They'll set up an engagement line on the '65' to try and stop Dublin's pace. They didn't do it for Clare and didn't do it for Tipperary, because all they were thinking of was Dublin. If you look at our game, we didn't have the guns to test them.

"But look out for kickouts, for holding; for the minute you try and run the ball through the hands, they're holding … that's not Kerry. Kerry have never done that before. And they're doing it now.

"The reality is Kerry don't have the pace Dublin have. And that's what they're trying to stop," he added. "Kerry being Kerry, they will try absolutely anything and throw everything at us on Sunday. So this is going to be a real cliffhanger."

But Bohan is backing the Blues. "It doesn't guarantee you success but this is the best group of Dublin footballers we've seen in our lifetime," he said. "Jim doesn't do emotion. He'll be very level-headed and will know there's a huge task ahead."

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