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Maurice Fitzgerald says Dublin approach is refreshing ahead of Kerry clash

Updated: Saturday, 31 Aug 2013 20:15 | Comments

The meetings of Dublin and Kerry whet the appetite like few other sporting rivalries
The meetings of Dublin and Kerry whet the appetite like few other sporting rivalries

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Dublin won’t adapt their game plan to counteract the Kerry threat in Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final, according to Kingdom legend Maurice Fitzgerald. 

The St Mary’s clubman told RTÉ’s The Championship: “I’d give great credit to Jim [Gavin] and his management team. I do not believe that Dublin will start changing their format at this stage of the Championship.

“Their approach to the game has been refreshing. You have them [talking about] a lot of the players ‘expressing themselves’.

"I think that is the style they have played their football throughout the year so I don’t think there’s going to be too many surprises.”

"We’re going up in hope, in anticipation, with a small degree of confidence, perhaps" - Maurice Fitzgerald

Of Kerry’s chances, he said: “We’re going up in hope, in anticipation, with a small degree of confidence, perhaps.

“We have in our attacking force, the most lethal force that is around [Colm Cooper] and I haven’t even mentioned Declan O’Sullivan at this stage.

“We’ve got a very potent force up front. We feel we’re very strong around the middle,

“I think we’ve got players all over the field who are going to put up a very strong challenge. I think it’s going to be very close.”

However, former Kerry manager Mick O’Dwyer predicted that his native county will have it all to do.

“Looking at the two teams over the last 12 months you would have to favour Dublin,” he said.

Live television coverage of Roscommon v Tyrone (minor) and Dublin v Kerry (senior) from 13:15 on Sunday 1 September on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Ireland only). Live radio coverage of all the day’s action from 14:00 on RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ RnaG and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).

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