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Kerry will shape up for All-Ireland final, warns Barry Cahill

By John Campbell

Published 16/09/2015

Been there: Barry Cahill won an All-Ireland title with Dublin
Been there: Barry Cahill won an All-Ireland title with Dublin

Dublin All-Ireland winner Barry Cahill believes Tyrone will play a big part in fashioning Kerry's strategy for Sunday's All-Ireland football final against his old side.

Cahill, who was a key member of the Dubs team that beat Kerry in the 2011 decider when goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton thundered over the winning score from a last-gasp free, is convinced that Kingdom manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has absorbed some harsh lessons from his team's hard-earned semi-final victory over the Red Hands.

"For all the attacking quality that they had last year, Kerry were happy to go with a defensive option for the final. So it was a case of horses for courses," maintained Cahill.

"And now I think it will be a case of same again. Certainly, Kerry were a bit porous through the middle the last day against Tyrone, coughing up five goal chances, and Tyrone got a lot of headway running at them."

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It was the O'Neill County's inability to convert some of their goal chances that ultimately cost them a place in Sunday's final, their only goal coming from a Peter Harte penalty.

"I think Kerry will have absorbed lessons from that game," reflected Cahill, who won eight Leinster titles with Dublin.

"On Sunday I expect Peter Crowley to play centre-back and hold the middle. And to try and give the full-back line cover."

Cahill suggests that his club colleague Paddy Andrews, who scored five points from play in the semi-final replay win over Mayo, can bring his qualities into play on Sunday.

"Paddy can come good again. I'm delighted for him," said Cahill. "I always feel Dublin are better when he is in the side. Others benefit. What impressed me the last day was how clinical he was."

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