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Wily Fitzmaurice not taking the threat of Kildare lightly

By Staff Reporter

Kerry manager Eamon Fitzmaurice had not quite bargained for a confrontation with Kildare in tomorrow's All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park (2pm).

But in a Championship season that has thrown up its fair share of surprises, the Lily Whites bushwhacked Cork last weekend to not only end their interest in the All-Ireland race but terminating the tenure of manager Brian Cuthbert.

The wily Fitzmaurice nonetheless had members of his management team at Semple Stadium to run the rule over Kildare and it can be taken for granted that Kerry will not be caught with their trousers down tomorrow.

They may not have caught fire quite yet but Fitzmaurice's side still look to have the potential to retain the All-Ireland crown they won by beating Donegal in last year's decider.

Aidan O'Mahony, Killian Young and Shane Enright continue to prop up the defence, Anthony Maher and David Moran are a powerful force at midfield and up front, Paul Geaney, Bryan Sheehan and James O'Donoghue can wreak havoc.

Kildare manager Jason Ryan will look to Paul Cribben, Peter Kelly, Eoghan O'Flaherty and Andrew Smith to galvanise his side.

Meanwhile, in the All-Ireland Ladies' Football Championship, Tyrone will face Mayo in a qualifier at Ballinamore (2pm).

In the All-Ireland Ladies' Minor final, Aimee Mackin will skipper Armagh against Tipperary at Ballinamore today (2pm).

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