Keeping Dublin's Brian Fenton under wraps was one of the many things Kerry did well in the drawn All-Ireland final and their efforts in doing similar will go some of the way in deciding the outcome of Saturday’s replay at Croke Park, according to Aidan O’Rourke.
So, here we go again. Last Sunday week presented a myriad of questions as to how this second instalment will go with regard to who didn’t play well, why they didn’t play well and who can now step up it up?
Fenton, who no doubt will grace the team of the decade when it is revealed before year’s end, was among a number of Dublin players who failed to really spark on 1 September.
Such is the Raheny’s man importance to the Dubs that Aidan O’Rourke made this prediction on the latest edition of the RTÉ GAA Podcast: "Fenton can be man of the match in the replay - if he is then Dublin will win the All-Ireland."
That said, the 2002 All-Ireland winner feels that Kerry will still present a "formidable threat and the quality they have will ensure they will not bow the knee easily".
He added: "It's easy to say that Brian Fenton won't be as bad again, Ciarán Kilkenny won't be as bad again, Con O'Callaghan and Paul Mannion will get a better supply of ball and that the defenders who were a yard off their game will be better the next day. "
In analysing what Kerry did to curb Fenton’s effectiveness last Sunday week, O’Rourke, on the flip side highlighted how much a driving force the midfielder is in the Dubs' engine room.
"Fenton is arguably the best midfielder of his generation but his runs were curtailed off the ball. He was held and wasn’t allowed to attack kickouts. Kerry never dropped a single kickout in his area of the field. That was designed to frustrate and minimize Brian Fenton's impact.
"He could never throw Jack Barry off him and go on these rampaging runs.
"Those third-quarter surges from Dublin are primarily built on Brian Fenton and Jack McCaffrey driving from the middle third. We didn't see that energy from Fenton in particular. A lot of the work was left to Jack.
"Fenton is a quality player and his performances in the past would suggest that you'd expect a response.
"What kind of response it will be will be telling.
"Others on the Dublin team will also have to up it. Crucially, Kerry had that collective ability to normalise Dublin’s fluidity."
While some felt the Kingdom could have got more out of their attack the last day, O’Rourke believes they don’t have to adjust that much up front on Saturday evening.
"I don't think the Kerry attack were that far way from been as good as they can be. The final product just wasn't there at times due to some rash shooting but their movement was excellent and they exploited the space that Dublin had left. Their key players were getting on the ball. You could have added 1-3 or 1-4 to their scoreline."
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