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The Three Big Questions Going Into The Kerry v Mayo Replay

The Three Big Questions Going Into The Kerry v Mayo Replay
By Mark Farrelly Updated

Although there is plenty of upset over the change of venue for next Saturday's replay between Kerry and Mayo, I think everyone is over the moon that we're getting a second match after yesterday's epic.

Even now, after much reflection and settling of dust, we can't decide who should be favourites going into the game, and with such fine margins separating the teams, we've decided to look at a few decisions that may well prove to be gamechangers.

Should Mayo double mark James O'Donoghue again?

In the first half yesterday Mayo's defensive set-up ensured that there were two men following the movements of one James O'Donoghue at all times. Although the Kerryman got on plenty of ball, he often found himself in possession in areas of the pitch where he could do little damage, so in that aspect it would signify that Mayo's attempts to quell his impact were relatively successful.

However, this tactic severely hampered their own attacking ability and it wasn't until they went down to 14 men and released the shackles that we got to see how impressive they can be when driving out from the back. So the question is, should they take their chances and go one-on-one with O'Donoghue? He scored one goal and could have had another when they did so in the second half yesterday but perhaps the reward may outweigh the risk?

Should Kieran Donaghy start?


Star rolled back the years with his performance when he came on yesterday but is it enough to warrant his inclusion from the start on Saturday?

The Mayo full back line had struggled under the high ball all day and the problem was exacerbated with the introduction of Donaghy, so it's an avenue that is certainly worth exploring. Not many in the Mayo camp would be anticipating Donaghy's inclusion so it could be the perfect spanner to throw in the works and alongside O'Donoghue he would pose major threat.

Will the venue have a big impact on how the game pans out?


It's hard to find anyone who agrees with the decision to move the replay to Limerick but apart from the questions about the morality of the decision, will it have any actual impact on the outcome of the game?

Kerry have played Limerick so straight away they will be at an advantage when it comes to getting used to their surroundings. However, the smaller pitch may impact the Kingdom more heavily than Mayo. O'Donoghue and O'Brien thrive in space that will be hard to come by on Saturday whereas Mayo won't fear the prospect of a crowded middle strip of the pitch with the likes of Aidan O'Shea proven at powering through even the most choc-a-blocked of defences.

Who do you think will win the replay?


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