Galvin: I’d relish crack off Kerry

LIMERICK’S missing talisman John Galvin has admitted he would have loved the chance to go up against Kerry’s midfield tomorrow.

With a cruel season-ending cruciate knee ligament injury robbing the Limerick midfielder of the chance to line out against a Kingdom he knows so well, he believes his side can still target Kerry around the middle of the park.

“It’s an area where Kerry have been lacking ever since Darragh Ó Sé retired. They haven’t found a replacement but in fairness they will never again find another Darragh Ó Sé,” Galvin said.

“They seem to chop and change midfield a lot. They can’t seem to get a settled midfield. The injury to David Moran was a loss to them as well but he will come back stronger after his injury.

“It’s an area that they are unsure of in and it’s an area of the field that you would be targeting a small bit.”

With last year’s narrow Munster final loss to Kerry in mind, as well as that agonising All-Ireland qualifiers defeat to Cork, Galvin is adamant that the Treaty County are closing in on that illusive win.

“On any given day we can compete with any team in the country. In my career we have always competed against the big teams, like Kerry and Cork, but we have never got over the line. It’s a big step to go from running a big team close to actually beating them,” the injured Limerick star pointed out.

“Last year was exceptionally disappointing because we had enough to win that Munster final. But we drifted out of the game for a 15-minute period in the second half when we gave them too many scores.

“If we hadn’t lost our concentration and let Kerry dominate for so long, that was a game that we could have taken.

“For someone like Limerick to beat one of the bigger teams, we have to play for the full 70 minutes. Against the top teams you can’t stop playing for any stage of the game. It’s about going flat out for the entire match.”

But to achieve the victory, he knows his side will have to shut down talents like Colm Cooper, Kieran Donaghy and Declan O’Sullivan.

That list of names alone leads Galvin to laugh at the latest theory doing the rounds that Kerry are a team in transition.

“They will always be one of the top three or four teams in the country when it comes to the All-Ireland,” said Galvin “There is no doubt that Kerry have the best forwards in the country. They are an amazing attacking unit. What Kerry do is make scoring look so easy. It’s hard to watch when you are on the other side.

“Any team that Kerry has will always be competing for All-Irelands. It’s not like that they are getting old either, as all the forwards are still fairly young. They will always be competing for All-Irelands, and they will be in the mix again this year.”

Picture: John Galvin: cruciate injury ended his season and his hopes of lining out in the Championship this year.

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