12.47am on a Tuesday night, a call goes in to new Offaly manager Stephen Wallace. He answers on the first ring. The drive from Offaly to North Kerry requires a few calls to pass the 400km round-trip. Here’s what came up along the way…
You could feel it building around Kerry all last week. A sort of guarded sense of hope. Nothing cocky - how could you be against your chief tormentors of recent years? But the optimism of a solid league campaign had started to seep its way into Kerry’s consciousness.
Goalkeeper Brian Kelly, Aidan O’Mahony, and Jonathan Lyne are the three inclusions as Kerry opt against wholesale changes for tomorrow’s visit of Roscommon to Fitzgerald Stadium in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League (2pm).