Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Kerry will pose big questions, Billings promises

Dublin selector Dave Billings maintains Kerry's win over Monaghan in their semi-final tussle will have buoyed up the Kingdom and added to their self-belief.

Billings was highly impressed with Monaghan and believes Pat O'Shea's men did very well to bypass the Ulster side's stiff challenge.

"We weren't surprised by how Monaghan played against Kerry," Billings revealed. "They were outstanding this year and they prepared very well.

"If you go through the Monaghan team, they are all well-known, certainly up in Dublin.

"Everyone looks at the fellows who played with the college teams and the Clontibret lads.

"Kerry had a great result against Monaghan. They won. They were probably delighted with that win."

And the Billings assessment is shared by the Dublin team and management.

Dubs' boss Paul Caffrey acknowledges that Kerry will ask big questions of his side as they strive to go one better than last year and reach the All Ireland final.

"We are where we want to be for the moment but obviously you want to move on. This is a big match for us and it's important that we get the right result, especially as Kerry are the reigning All Ireland champions and will be very keen to make it back to back titles," says Caffrey.

The Dublin team, which is unchanged, have still to convince many people that they have the character and skill levels to become All Ireland champions.

They were taken to two games by Meath and lived dangerously in the closing stages of their quarter-final against Derry.

Caffrey knows that a concerted performance against Kerry will thrust his team into pole position for the prestigious title.

"That's the test for us, to show that we have the psyche and character to come out on top against a team who have seen and done it all.

"It's a great challenge," said Caffrey.

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