Spillane worried ahead of Mayo clash

August 13, 2017

Pat Spillane.

Kerry legend and RTE pundit Pat Spillane has voiced his concerns ahead of the Kingdom's All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Mayo next Sunday.

Writing in his column in The Sunday World, the eight-time All-Ireland winner feels that the biggest concern for the Munster champions is their defence, having been carved open for a couple of goal chances by the opposition in their last two outings, and he also questioned whether or not Eamonn Fitzmaurice's men would have the pace at centre-field to keep up with the Westerners.

"The ultra-cautious approach of the team management, both in terms of tactics and personnel, worries me," Spillane wrote.

"They are likely to start only one player under 25 against Mayo, the half-forward line is picked more for their defensive qualities than their scoring ability, there are doubts over the pace of midfielders David Moran and Anthony Maher and their goal-scoring record is poor, they are averaging one per game.

"However, their big worry is defence - they coughed up four goal-scoring chances against both Galway and Cork.

"Kerry fans will remember how full back Mark Griffin was roasted by Andy Moran in the league and they are suspect when run at - which is Mayo's forte."

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