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Marc Ó Sé: Kerry To Beat Dublin By 'One Or Two Points'

Marc Ó Sé: Kerry To Beat Dublin By 'One Or Two Points'
By PJ Browne Updated
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Marc Ó Sé says this year's All-Ireland football final is "so hard to call" but has still predicted his native Kerry to emerge as victors over Dublin by "one or two points".

Ó Sé believes that how Dublin deal with David Clifford will be key to the outcome.


"Mick Fitzsimons is going to pick up David Clifford but I don't think he himself will contain David Clifford. I think it's going to be a combined defence that's going to contain David Clifford," he said.

"Now, David Clifford is always going to score, if Dublin can keep him to three or four points from play, I think that's a huge achievement for them. David Clifford has been in sensational form, odds on Footballer of the Year back-to-back - I don't think that's ever been done.

"It will be the collective. Mick Fitzsimons is the best man for man defender that Dublin have. If he can detail him and get a bit of help, maybe the likes of John Small, James McCarthy helping out, I think that's the way Dublin are going to approach this game.

"Kerry were probably over-reliant on David Clifford [against Derry]. He was absolutely outstanding. Kerry need more of their big players to show up. Seanie O'Shea certainly showed up the last day. In terms of the collective, Kerry really need to show up."


10 July 2022; David Clifford of Kerry in action against Lee Gannon of Dublin during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The five-time All-Ireland winner does give Dublin a "slight advantage" when it comes to their bench.


"You look at Stephen O'Brien coming off the bench [against Derry] and the impact he had," said Ó Sé.

"Killian Spillane is back I believe, so he's going to be another option.

"You do have the likes of Kilkenny, McCaffrey to come off the bench [for Dublin]. That said, I think Kilkenny is going to start for this game, maybe at the expense of Scully. That maybe then takes from their bench ever so slightly.


"You have Jack McCaffrey, who I think is going to be something that Kerry are really going to have to look at when he comes in, and have a go-to man to mark him when he comes in.

"Dublin are dangerous, their bench is dangerous, and with the likes of Lahiff, O'Gara, these guys, they do have options coming off the bench. I would, probably, give them the slight advantage with their bench."

1 September 2019; Referee David Gough shows a second yellow card to Jonny Cooper of Dublin, before showing him the red card, during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Ó Sé added that referee David Gough's officiating team will be key in allowing him to manage the game.

"These games, they go fast, it's so hard to watch them," said Ó Sé.


"That's where I think umpires and linesmen really come into play. For the semi-final game, I witnessed the Derry vs Kerry match, and there was a lot of off the ball stuff.

"David Gough has only two eyes and he's not going to be able to see everything. The umpires and the linesmen have to be hugely influential here. David Gough is a good referee, does a good job, but he needs backup."

See Also: Joe Brolly Certain About Dublin Vs Kerry All-Ireland Final Outcome


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