GAA Football All-Ireland Semi-Final (11th August)

Seán O'Shea kicks a brilliant point from a sideline ball in the league encounter with Tyrone.

Éanna Atkinson looks forward to Sunday’s Ireland Senior Football Ch’p semi-final, Kerry v Tyrone. Throw-in, 3:30pm.

We are now very much at the business end of the All-Ireland Football Championship season.

On Sunday, Kerry and Tyrone renew their old rivalry in “Croker” in the second semi-final (3:30pm).

The winners will face Dublin in the All-Ireland final on Sunday 1st September.

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All-Ireland Football Semi-Final – Kerry v Tyrone (Throw-in @ 3:30pm, live on RTÉ2, on Sunday 11/08):

Ever since the early noughties, Kerry v Tyrone has been a grudge match and this rivalry will be renewed on Sunday afternoon.

I feel that the result of this game will depend a lot on how well Kerry’s excellent forwards can break down Tyrone’s well-drilled defence, but they have the talent to do just that. Young starlets David Clifford and Seán O’Shea will take some watching. They will be ably assisted in the forward line by experienced players like Paul Geaney and Stephen O’Brien.

Seán O’Shea was outstanding last time out against Meath and, indeed, has been all year. We know all about his point scoring-ability, but he also shown that he has a real eye for goal. His goal last Saturday was right out of the top drawer. If Kerry get through to the All-Ireland Final on Sunday, O’Shea could well be the key performer. I think that 8/1 is good value for the young Kenmare man to be the “RTÉ Man Of The Match”.

In Kerry’s defence, Jason Foley, Tadhg Morley and Tom O’Sullivan could all be tasked with man-marking jobs. Peter Harte, Mattie Donnelly and Cathal McShane are the key men that Kerry need to get the grips with if they are to come out on top on Sunday.

Cathal McShane is top scorer in the Football Championship with an incredible 3-42, and Tyrone will certainly need him on top form if they are to get the job done this weekend.

In midfield, David Moran has been a colossus for Kerry, and he is likely to be partnered with the industrious Adrian Spillane. Tyrone’s midfield of Colm Cavanagh and Brian Kennedy will have a job on their hands trying to get the better of Moran and Spillane in the middle third.

I fancy Kerry to cover the -1 Handicap on Sunday, but Tyrone will pose a real threat to their All-Ireland bid. I just feel that the Kingdom have a better balance to their team and, if their forwards click on the day, they won’t be stopped.

Verdict: Kerry -1 (Handicap Betting) @ Evens 

RTÉ Man of The Match Prediction: Seán O’Shea @ 8/1

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