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The GAA Social: McConville ‘not sure’ Kerry even Sam contenders


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Oisin McConville says he’s “not even sure if Kerry are All-Ireland contenders” after they were unconvincing in beating Clare in Sunday’s Munster Football Final.

The Kingdom did win an 85th Munster title by winning 0-23 to 1-13 in Ennis but McConville was unimpressed by their display.

“I thought Kerry were poor. They have been poor most of the year,” McConville told the BBC’s gaelic games podcast The GAA Social.

Kerry’s victory puts them in a Super 16s group alongside the opening opponents Monaghan, Meath and the losers of next Sunday’s Leinster Final, who are expected to be Louth.

“They have quite an easy group now…..not an easy group but ‘quite’ an easy group,” added Wicklow manager and Armagh 2002 All-Ireland hero McConville.

“They will progress to the quarter-finals and semi-finals possibly and maybe even a final but I actually don’t think they are at it.

“Physically there are teams that can bully them. If you have a Kerry and Derry in an All-Ireland semi-final, I would really fancy Derry at this stage physicality wise.

“And as much as Kerry have unbelievable forwards and they are overly reliant on Sean O’Shea and [David] Clifford – and Paudie Clifford was good against Clare – there is just something not quite right about Kerry.

“I don’t think they will have a say in winning the All-Ireland this year.”

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