Tuesday 28 January 2020

Jim: We can only control ourselves

DEBUT: Sean O’Shea. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
DEBUT: Sean O’Shea. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Jim Gavin has predicted that there will be stages in Sunday's All-Ireland final when "you will see all of the Kerry outfield players behind the ball and all of the Dublin players (behind the ball).

"That's just modern football.

"But," the Dublin manager added, "most of the work we do is on ourselves and getting ourselves right, that's what we can control ultimately."

Of the 26 players who made up Peter Keane's panel for the All-Ireland semi-final victory over Tyrone, 17 of them have never been part of an All-Ireland senior final squad.

The sheer newness of this Kerry side may be their defining feature.

Sunday will, for instance, be the first time David Clifford or Seán O'Shea will play against Dublin in the Championship.

Gavin described the duo around whom this new Kerry attacking unit has been constructed as "exceptionally talented players. And no surprise if you saw their transition through under-age," he added.


"Very impressive. And they have added a lot to the Kerry attack this year. Absolutely very impressive. The two of them have probably nailed down All-Stars already, they have been that good.

"But," Gavin went on, "there is a whole host of other players,

"They not only have younger players in terms of age, they have very experienced players who has gone through a lot in that campaign."

"They are on the money and we're going to have to execute a performance."

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