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Kerry Juniors take on Mayo in All Ireland Final 2016-08-03 19:39:00

Kerry Juniors take on Mayo in All Ireland Final

Kerry travel to Croke Park on Saturday next to take on Mayo in the All Ireland Junior Football final hoping to put back to back titles together for the first time. Kerry currently lies in second place in the roll of honour with one less title than Cork who have 17 titles to their credit. Only two teams, Cork in 1989-90 and London 1969 to 71, have put back to back titles together in the Junior grade and while the rules of the competition have changed over the years, it is particularly difficult to achieve that feat nowadays given that the champions must field a whole new team in the following year’s competitions.

Stats such as these will hardly be on the minds of players or management come Saturday however as Kerry will want to finish off a tough campaign with a victory. The Kingdom were of course fortunate enough to survive the opening game against Limerick having to come from behind and snatch victory through Adrian Spillane’s late goal but this served as a good wake-up call and Kerry did well to survive a late Cork fightback in the provincial decider. In the semi final, once they got their act together at half time, they easily disposed of the Lancashire challenge.

Mayo defeated Sligo and Galway in Connaught and then last year’s semi finalists, Wexford,  by 2-10 to 0-10 in the semi final so this year’s final is a repeat of last year’s final between the two sides. Like Kerry, Mayo have been treating the competition very much as a stepping stone for Minor and Under 21 players as they try to make the step up to senior grade and their team contains half a dozen or so players who played on the All Ireland winning Under 21 side this year.

The game, which throws in at 2pm, forms part of an attractive treble header with the two remaining quarter final ties featuring Mayo/Tyrone at 4pm and Donegal/Dublin at 6pm, similar to last year. The Kerry team will be announced on Wednesday evening and posted on the Kerry GAA Website at 9pm.

All Ireland Junior Final Fixed for Croke Park

The All Ireland Junior Football Final has been fixed for Croke Park on Saturday next, the first game of a treble header featuring the two remaining All Ireland Senior Football Quarter Finals.

Kerry and Mayo get proceedings underway at 2pm (Referee: Shaun McLaughlin) followed by Tyrone and Mayo at 4pm with Dublin taking on Donegal at 6pm.

Junior Football Team
The Kerry Junior Football Team to play Mayo in the All Ireland Junior Final will be announced on Wednesday evening at 9pm.