Kerry's penchant for putting the right man on the edge of the square has always served them well.

The long-ball tactic doesn't get as much oxygen in the modern defensive game, but the Kingdom continue to discover match-winning players for the role.

Here, we take a look at the key men who have delivered for Kerry in modern times.

Eoin Liston - Height: 6ft 3''

Eoin 'The Bomber' Liston

'The Bomber' started it all. His decorated senior Kerry career stretches across two stints between 1978 and 1993.

He played a key role in halting Dublin's three-in-a-row charge in the 1978 All-Ireland final as Kerry prevailed by 17 points.

Liston finished with 3-2 that day and his first goal at the start of the second half illustrated his strength in the air. The Beale man got into position to fetch a pass from Jack O'Shea before turning to hand-pass the ball into the net, a skill which was legal at the time.

Another Liston goal soon followed. In a move that would have the football purists swooning, he jumped highest to gather a free from Paudie Lynch and took a quick one-two before crashing the ball past Paddy Cullen.

Maurice Fitzgerald - Height: 6ft 2''

Maurice Fitzgerald in the 1997 All-Ireland final against Mayo

The Cahersiveen man is responsible for some of the biggest moments in GAA history.

A versatile talent who was proficient from both feet, Fitzgerald excelled in midfield and attacking positions, and was a regular sight under a high ball.

He made his senior inter-county debut in 1987 but, unlike other Kerry greats, spent much of his career chasing success rather than basking in it. He did come away with two Celtic Crosses - in 1997 and 2000 - and created some iconic moments along the way.

Arguably, his most well-recognised moment of genius came in the 2001 All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin in Semple Stadium.

It was the definition of clutch. With Dublin leading in the dying moments, Kerry were awarded a sideline ball.

With then Dublin boss Tommy Carr lingering over his shoulder, Fitzgerald stood over the kick and was utterly composed as he curled his shot over the black spot to force a replay.

Kieran Donaghy - Height: 6ft 5''

Donaghy getting under the ball against Mayo in 2014

In the 2006 championship, Kerry were struggling to get off the mark. Defeat in the Munster final left them facing into the qualifiers where they were drawn against Longford.

Having seen Kieran Donaghy impress in the air at training, then Kerry manager Jack O'Connor rolled the dice and put the Austin Stacks man in at full-forward for the clash with the midlanders.

Donaghy made an explosive entrance that day in Killarney, helping the Kingdom to a 4-11 to 1-11 win. That result kick-started their campaign and Donaghy proved to be a handful for some of the best full-backs in the country as Kerry went on to capture the Sam Maguire.

His goal against Armagh in the quarter-finals was an expert demonstration of how to fulfill the target man role.

Sean O'Sullivan delivered a long ball into the box where Donaghy out-muscled Francie Bellew to grab hold of possession. He shook off the challenges of the Armagh defender and drilled ball into the roof of the net in front of Hill 16.

Donaghy capped off that season by picking up the Footballer of the Year award.

The early years were fruitful for Donaghy as he became one half of the 'Twin Towers' with Tommy Walsh but he gradually slipped down the panel however as teams learned how to nullify his influence.

However, the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final marked the rejuvenation of his career when he set-up a last minute goal for James O'Donoghue to help force a replay against Mayo.

He thrived in the rematch and in the final against Donegal where he intercepted a kick-out to score a vital goal that set Kerry on their way to victory.

Tommy Walsh - Height: 6ft 6''

Tommy Walsh's physical presence makes him a natural candidate as a target man, but the trajectory of the other Twin Tower's senior inter-county career hasn't gone in a straight line.

His difficulties in a Kerry jersey are well known. The journey began with such promise when he helped the Kingdom to an All-Ireland title in 2009.

He then made the switch to Aussie Rules and returned to the Kerry squad six years later after an injury-blighted end to his time Down Under. 

Walsh was effectively a professional athlete when he came home but he struggled with the transition back into Gaelic football, eventually leaving the panel in 2016 due to lack of game time.

He was recalled to the Kerry panel this year by Peter Keane, but another setback was to follow for the Kerins O'Rahilly’s forward. His aerial prowess made him a star during the league, but a quiet display in the Division 1 decider resigned him to a place on the bench for much of the championship.

So when he was sprung from the bench in the 50th minute of Kerry's win over Tyrone last Sunday, it was just reward for his patience.

There had been a substitute appearance for Walsh in the Super 8s tie with Meath, but the semi-final stage gave him the platform he craved. It was a similar comeback to the one Donaghy experienced in 2014.

Walsh made full use of the opportunity, offering assists for points from David Moran and David Clifford as well as creating space for Stephen O'Brien's decisive goal. 

It's a performance that could certainly see him make an appearance against the five-in-a-row chasing Dubs in the All-Ireland final.