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Wounded Kerry are eager to dish out a dose of revenge

By John Campbell

Ulster sides with their sights on All-Ireland glory this year should take note of one statistic.

In reaching tomorrow's semi-final of the Allianz Football League against Roscommon, Kerry have beaten three sides from the province - Down, Donegal and Monaghan.

The inference from this is that if Eamon Fitzmaurice's side have lit the torch at this early stage of the season, they will be well aglow when the evenings begin to shorten. This can mean only one thing - they will wish to take custody of 'Sam' once again.

Earlier in the league, Roscommon had the audacity to pip Kerry at Killarney. It was a shock to their hosts' system - so much so that Kerry have not lost since.

The Kingdom are purring along just nicely now. Kieran Donaghy and David Moran are pulling the strings at midfield, Paul Murphy is morphing into one of the best playmakers in the business and Colm Cooper is revealing his silken skills.

Roscommon will certainly enter Headquarters in good heart. Ciaran Murtagh, Senan Kilbride, Cathal Cregg, Ian Kilbride and Enda Smith are the kind of players who can set the tone for their team's performance.

Kerry's pride was wounded in that earlier league setback and it could see Kerry sprint into a league final meeting with Dublin which would give us our first big showpiece game of the year - and an indicator as to just who might reign supreme on the third Sunday of September.

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