Clones, 4pm

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Past 5 Championship meetings
2008 Kerry 1-13 Monaghan 0-13 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2007 Kerry 1-12 Monaghan 1-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
1985 Kery 2-09 Monaghan 0-10 (All-Ireland semi-final replay)
1985 Kerry 1-12 Monaghan 2-09 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1979 Kerry 5-14 Monaghan 0-07 (All-Ireland semi-final)  

Kerry must reignite the spark

Did anybody see it coming? Kerry were so limp and and lethargic in going to down to Galway. Their performance was in keeping with the almost funereal atmosphere that enveloped Croke Park on Sunday last.

And now the Kingdom head north knowing that another defeat will end their interest in the race for Sam Maguire.

It surely wasn't supposed to end this way. It could.

Kerry's experienced heads shouldered little responsibility last Sunday, with David Moran, Paul Murphy, Paul Geaney and James O'Donoghue most in the firing line, though the withdrawal of the latter in the second half was a surprise.

Apart from one shocking pass that set up a Galway attack, David Clifford by and large had a good day, as did Jason Foley who kept Damien Comer under wraps.

And then there was the decision not to throw Kieran Donaghy into the mix. Kerry's plan, whatever it was clearly wasn't working, but Donaghy's presence would have offered some focus in a game where Kerry, despite being second best, were still well in the hunt prior to Galway's goal.

Éamonn Fitzmaurice's side also failed to push up on Ruairi Lavelle's kick-outs and with Peter Crowley's employed as a sweeper, the attacking thrust that served them so well against Cork and Clare was absent. 

Kerry, perhaps, were expecting an arm wrestle from Galway and that's what transpired. In sacrificing some elements of their game to counter that, their own game suffered as we saw none of the hard running that makes the Kingdom a formidable force. Unforced errors also didn't help their cause.

Six days is not a long time to get things right. Much soul-searching then, not only for the players, but for Fitzmaurice and his management team. 

Kerry have bounced back before and delivered when it was needed. If they can do it again, then the world will be a lot brighter with Kildare to come on home soil.  

Monaghan on the cusp of a huge leap

Last weekend's win over Kildare was a first for Monaghan at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage. Ultimately, it will count for nothing if they don't fully clear this new quarter-final hurdle and reach the last four.

The sides were level with five minutes of normal time remaining on Sunday last but Monaghan points from Vinny Corey, Conor McManus and Rory Beggan ultimately sealed the crucial win. Overall, it wasn't pretty but it's two points in the bag and now there's the chance to banish the Kingdom from this All-Ireland race.

Karl O'Connell (l)

It was the Farney defence that stood up when it mattered most against the Lilies with defenders Karl O'Connell and Kieran Duffy kicking vital points as the gamed neared its conclusion. O'Connell, in particular, caught they eye with his quick pace and eye for a score. 

Rory Beggan, with two points the last day, is the orchestrator in chief and his restarts will be vital in Clones.

Conor McManus' talent is undoubted, but he still has to catch fire in this campaign. More will be expected from Jack McCarron who has the potential to really cut loose if, as expected he starts on the bench.

Galway pressurised the much vaunted Kerry attack and Monaghan will look to do something similar in the knowledge that there is now a decent spread of scorers in the squad.  

The chance is there for the Farney to really make a statement, six years into Malachy O'Rourke's reign.


Ronan Shanahan, Mark Griffin and Tom O'Sullivan all start in the Kerry full-back line with Killian Young (suspended) and Brian O Beaglaioch and Jason Foley making way.

Kerry: Shane Murphy; Ronan Shanahan, Mark Griffin, Tom O'Sullivan; Paul Murphy, Peter Crowley, Gavin White; David Moran, Jack Barry; Kevin McCarthy, Sean O'Shea, Stephen O'Brien; David Clifford, Paul Geaney, James O'Donoghue.

Subs: Brian Kelly, Kieran Donaghy, Brian O Beaglaioch, Micheal Burns, Barry John Keane, Anthony Maher, Darran O'Sullivan, Donnchadh Walsh, Tadhg Morley, Fionn Fitzgerald, Gavin Crowley.

Monaghan: Rory Beggan; Kieran Duffy, Drew Wylie, Ryan Wylie; Dessie Mone, Vinny Corey, Karl O'Connell; Niall Kearns, Darren Hughes; Ryan McAnespie, Shane Carey, Owen Duffy; Conor McCarthy, Fintan Kelly, Conor McManus.

Subs: Conor Forde, Conor Boyle, Barry Kerr, Colin Walshe, Neil McAdam, Kieran Hughes, Thomas Kerr, Dermot Malone, Paudie McKenna, Jack McCarron, David Gartland. 

Did you know

In his six years in charge of Kerry, Éamonn Fitzmaurice has never lost to an Ulster side in the championship.

It's 2015 since the Kingdom last beat a Division 1 outfit (Tyrone) in summer fare.

Since Malachy O'Rourke has taken over, Monaghan have played 10 championship games in Clones, winning seven, drawing one and losing two. 

Tomás Ó Sé's verdict

"This is a defining match for both. Kerry were very poor last weekend and didn't perform. It's not good enough at this level. They went away from pace, directness, intense pressure. I'd argue the template they used against lesser opposition in Munster is needed again.

If Monaghan win they will reach that semi-final that they have so badly wanted. They have tried for so long. Karl O'Connell gave one of the best displays all year last weekend.

"They will want to get inside Kerry's head. Kerry owe manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice a big performance here and I think they'll get it. I think Kerry will just about win it."


Sunday will be close and humid in light to moderate southwest breezes. Rather cloudy and misty generally, with scattered patches of drizzle and fog about. These mainly over Ulster and Connacht. But dry, bright spells will develop too, with some sunshine coming through at times. Highs of 18 to 20 C., in many northern and western areas. For more go to