Cahill tips Kerry to prevail

BARRY CAHILL has tipped Kerry’s greater strength in depth and finishing power to prove decisive against Cork in the All-Ireland final.

The Dublin defender witnessed first hand the Kingdom’s vast reserves and potent attack in operation when they clashed in last month’s semi-final.

Back then Kerry were able to spring Tommy Griffin and Sean O’Sullivan from the bench — two players that started last year’s final win — while Declan O’Sullivan hit 1-3 from half-forward.

Of course, Kerry have genuine gamebreakers all around their attack with Colm Cooper and Kieran Donaghy their marquee names.

Cahill was impressed by Cork’s defence in the wins over Louth, Sligo and Meath but reckons Kerry are good value overall for their favourites tag.

“Kerry have a huge strength in depth in their squad,” said Cahill at the launch of the Gaelic Players Association’s Fair Play scheme which will see one player rewarded by Halifax Bank with €15,000 towards their mortgage or a new home. They have 20 to 25 players who are capable of producing it on All-Ireland final day.

“I would see their forward line as the main advantage over Cork. They have six high-quality forwards so it is not a case that Cork can simply nullify one or two of their players.

“I can see Cork sticking with them for 50 or 60 minutes and then Kerry pulling away.”

Cahill reckons that Dublin need to replicate the vast reserves that Kerry enjoy if the Leinster champions are to realise their All-Ireland dream in 2008.

“I think we need a bit more experience,” said the St Brigid’s man.

“We had a few younger players coming into the team this year.

“Maybe if we can find one or two more players it might be enough to get us to our ultimate goal and win an All-Ireland title,” he said.

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