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Kerry's Young gun can fire in decider

By John Campbell

Killian Young is gearing up to play in his first All Ireland football final - and is thankful he's surrounded by a possee of experienced players in the Kerry team.

Young is the new kid on the block this year, a tenacious defender who has also proved adept to date at coming forward to link up with his attack.

With Kerry manager Pat O'Shea having named an unchanged side for Sunday's final against Cork, Young now gets the chance to shine on the biggest stage of all.

The 23-year-old Tralee-based Bank of Ireland employee is aware that Cork will offer just as big a challenge to the Kingdom as that provided by Monaghan.

"We were probably lucky enough to get that one-point win over Monaghan and that gave us the impetus then to go on and overcome Dublin, " maintains Young.

He has slotted comfortably into a half-back line that also includes two seasoned warriors in Aidan O'Mahony and Tómas O Sé.

"It's obviously a bonus to have such experienced players beside me. They have been round the block and know the ropes at this level," says the slimly-built Young.

While Kerry are unchanged, Cork manager Billy Morgan has deferred his selection until he receives a medical bulletin on James Masters, currently recovering from a broken jaw.

Masters may yet make the cut while John Miskella is set to replace Anthony Lynch at wing-back with Daniel Goulding likely to come into the attack.

KERRY: D Murphy; M O Se, T O'Sullivan, P Reidy; T O Se, A O'Mahony, K Young; D O Se, S Scanlon; D O'Sullivan, E Brosnan, P Galvin; C Cooper, K Donaghy, B Sheehan.

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