Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Donaghy wary of the Ulster challenge in title race

Kerry's Ciaran Donaghy expects Tyrone to come good again next year

Kerry full-forward Ciaran Donaghy is keen to make it three All-Ireland titles on the bounce with his side next year.

But the rangy target man believes that the Kingdom could face their greatest opposition from Ulster.

"I reckon that at full-strength Tyrone could be there or thereabouts," maintains Donaghy.

"They were handicapped by injuries this year but if they get key players back they will be very difficult opponents."

And Donaghy also harbours a healthy respect for Donegal who, he says, "did not quite come up to expectations this year."

He said: "We thought that after winning the National League they would prove a force in the championship but this did not quite prove to be the case. Maybe they peaked too early - there is always a danger of that.

"But they still have a lot of experienced players and could prove a handful for any side. Brian McIver is proving a good manager and if they get into their stride, then Donegal will take a lot of stopping."

Donaghy is also wary of Armagh who will be under the baton of Peter McDonnell for the first time in 2008.

"I would have to say that some of the Ulster sides look as if they will be in with a big shout and that will keep us all on our toes.

" Obviously from a Kerry perspective it would be great to win three All-Ireland titles in a row but we will take things as they come.

"There is a long way to go until the championship starts and no one knows how they will be fixed when we get to that point," asserts Donaghy.

His father is a native of Tyrone - but Donaghy won't be showing any leniency towards the O'Neill county.

"If we come up against them, we will be looking for the win. A lot of our guys are obviously very keen to pocket three medals on the trot," maintains Donaghy.

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