West Kerry will be tested in mouth watering final

Keanes Killorglin SuperValu County Minor Football Final - Preview
By Murt Murphy for kerrygaa.ie
The eagerly anticipated Keanes Killorglin SuperValu County Minor Football Championship final between West Kerry and Mid Kerry should ensure a great game of football at the Austin Stack Park on tonight Thursday 8th September. The game is at 6.45pm in Austin Stack Park, Tralee 

It brings the cream of underage football to centre stage and with the quality that is contained in both sides; do not be surprised if the game goes down to the wire.

West Kerry has been waiting around for just over a month, since their 1-15 to 2-7 victory over 2010 champions Kilcummin. However this game was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests because West Kerry outscored Kilcummin 1-3 to 0-1 during the final five minutes plus injury time, with James Crean getting that all important goal.

East Kerry on the other hand were forced by circumstances to wait around as their proposed semi final had to be postponed and they had to play a quarterfinal against St Brendan's that they managed to win by a point.

Then it was onto play East Kerry in the Fitzgerald Stadium nine days ago in the semi final , and an explosive start by Mid Kerry, saw them race 2-4 to 0-3 ahead by the 17th minute, with Padraig Doona scoring two goals. Mid Kerry despite the best efforts of Jeff O'Donoghue, emerged 2-9 to 0-11 winners and they were worthy finalists.

West Kerry have a very strong defence with Gavin Curran leading like a captain should from between the posts while Cathal O'Luing Padraig O'Conchuir and Padraig Og O'Se are outstanding footballers who will try and curb the threat of Padraig Doona and Pa Wren in particular.
Dara O'Se and Sean O'Grifin are a solid midfield pairing for West Kerry and they will test the resolve of Kerry minor Ronan Murphy and Fergal Hallissey, Mid Kerry's strong pairing.

If West Kerry is to win they will Tom Cavanagh to be on his A game while James Crean is strong, quick and accurate and well able to take his goal chances. James Dempsey is anther accurate point taker while young Michael Flannery may have had an off night in the semi final but he could be a deadly weapon for the West.

Mid Kerry have a sound keeper in Shane Cahalane and with players like Shane Prendiville, Sean Roche, Gary Nagle and Shane O'Sullivan around him, then Mid Kerry will be hard to breach.

Verdict:
Two well coached teams playing in county final means that the winners will be the team that plays to its potential and does not get caught up on the importance of the occasion. It's a close call and while the heart says Mid Kerry - the head just thinks that West Kerry might shade it!