Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Donaghy relishing Dublin test

Towering Kerry full-forward Kieran Donaghy, whose father hails from Cookstown, believes that his team's wins over Cork and Monaghan have further whetted their appetite for All Ireland glory.

While Kerry were stretched by Cork in the Munster Championship final and then put to the pin of their collar by Seamus McEnaney's fired up Monaghan, Donaghy is of the opinion that the knowledge Kerry have gained from these two matches will stand them in good stead as they pursue their goal of retaining their All Ireland crown.

"I thought they were two very tough games. We knew that Monaghan were going to come at us and we knew that they would last the pace. To be honest, when we were in the closing stages of the game I would happily have settled for a draw," admitted Donaghy.

Apart from his knockdown that led to Kerry's goal from captain Declan O'Sullivan, Donaghy was firmly contained by Monaghan's John Paul Mone who filled the full-back berth - the third position he has occupied in Monaghan's last three games.

He has played at midfield, wing-back and has now enhanced his credentials in the No. 3 shirt - a fact even acknowledged by Donaghy.

"Monaghan defended well, they supported each other well and you have to give them credit for that," added Donaghy. "We were fortunate in that some of our more experienced players stood up in the end - we needed that. They really gave us a good stiff test. Declan O'Sullivan got a great goal. I missed a great chance before that when I snatched at it. I was over eager I suppose. I knew we needed a goal. Goals win games."

And how does he view coming face to face with Dublin?

"I suppose they will be favourites for this one given the way they have been playing lately," said Donaghy. "You need competitive games to keep your momentum going. I think we have shown that we can stick with it and hopefully we will be able to stay with Dublin and then push on near the end."

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