Three telling moments from the Munster final

The major takeaways from Kerry’s 10-point win over Tipperary...

1. Murphy’s a machine

What to do with Paul Murphy? The Rathmore man provides an interesting conundrum for the Kerry management with his dexterity in either half of the field. His 19th-minute goal was the finish of a master marksman, not a converted defender. He will be required further back the pitch when the bar rises, but he’s in Rolls Royce form as a half-and-half at the moment. And he’s holding on tight to the No 10 jersey.

2. More collarbone worries

Kerry’s medical team spent a large part of last August patching up James O’Donoghue’s collarbone after a seemingly innocuous fall against Kildare. The sight of Colm Cooper trooping off in the 21st minute yesterday holding his shoulder is a matter of great concern for the Kingdom. They will await today’s scan with huge trepidation, and could be looking at a six-week absence for Gooch.

3. Impactful substitutions

Eamonn Fitzmaurice will know he needs more impact off the bench. Mikey Geaney spent a long winter and spring getting his back in shape after surgery. James O’Donoghue has spent the spring righting those troublesome shoulders. And Anthony Maher has spent the first half of the year rehabbing a hip injury.

All three saw game time yesterday, with the industrious Geaney raising his hand highest.


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