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Saturday 16 December 2017

Temp Head - NOTHING quite beats the magical

NOTHING quite beats the magical meeting of Dublin v Kerry – the most romantic date on football's All-Ireland calendar.

Dublin legend, Vinnie Murphy, will be going to Croke Park on Sunday with a pep in his step, and hope in his heart.

He's a big fan of Dublin's fast, attacking style under the management of his former Dublin team-mate, Jim Gavin.

But he has also issued a word of warning to his fellow Dubs who are thinking that Kerry are there for the taking in this All-Ireland semi-final – thread with caution when the Kingdom come.

"This Kerry team have five or six of the best Kerry footballers over the last twenty to thirty years. They'd get on any all-time Kerry selection.

"And then there's the Gooch. I have never seen a better footballer than him," states Vinnie, who has the height of respect for Kerry, having spent a memorable few years playing football there.

"Kerry people are so intelligent. And particularly when it comes to football, they have so much know-how.

"Granted, there are a lot of miles in the Kerry legs, but take the two O Ses. There's such experience and guile there.

"I think this match could be a lot closer than people think. It could go either two ways – a tight win for Kerry or you could have the situation where Dublin will overpower them.

"I'm not sure whether the Kerry back-line are capable of going man-to-man on Dublin. That remains to be seen. But Kerry will have done their homework on Dublin – make no mistake about that.

"The two contrasting styles lend themselves to a good, open game.

"It's the traditional city v rural divide. That what makes Dublin v Kerry so attractive."

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