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Marc Ó Sé: Kerry look too strong for Armagh

| 19.03.2022

Three-time All Star Marc Ó Sé gives his thoughts on the sixth round of matches in Division One of the National League this weekend and expects leaders Kerry to beat third-placed Armagh on Sunday.

Tyrone v Mayo (Sat, 19.00)

Tyrone were so disappointing last weekend and I expect a reaction from them on Saturday. They are in a very bad position now as they have just three points and the danger is the All Ireland champions could be playing Division Two football next season.

Mayo will count themselves unlucky not to have come away with at least a point from the Kerry game. Ryan O’Donoghue was my man of the match last weekend and Mayo will need him going as good as he was last weekend as they struggled to get scores from other forwards, with Cillian O’Connor still on the absent list. There are also concerns for Diarmuid O’Connor who limped off injured.

I expect to see a reaction from Tyrone but I think it is going to be a really tight affair. A draw for me.

Armagh v Kerry (Sun, 14.00)

The Athletic Ground is a difficult place to travel to and get a result. Kerry will know that if they get one more win in the league they are guaranteed a place in the National League Final.

Armagh will also see this as a huge opportunity to get to a National League Final. Both Kieran McGeeney and Jack O’Connor will be happy with their league campaigns to date. That said, they will want their teams to get two more points for obvious reasons. Armagh showed fantastic teamwork last weekend and their ability to convert half chances was the difference in the end. Armagh have Donegal away from home next so I suspect they are really going to go after this game.

Even without the talisman Sean O’Shea I still expect Kerry to shade this one on Sunday given how solid they were defensively last weekend and how they can transition the ball quickly into David Clifford and co. Kerry to win.

Kildare v Monaghan (Sun, 14.30)

This is a game I find difficult to call. Whilst Monaghan showed huge improvement last weekend it was still only their first League win of the campaign.

Both Kildare and Monaghan will realise here that Dublin have started to make a move and will not want a situation where they are bottom of the table come the weekend.

Kildare, to their credit, have played a nice brand of football and played well at times last weekend. However, missing 10 wides is simply not good enough at this level.

I feel Kildare are still missing a player or two to solidify their chances of staying up in Division One. Monaghan for me, but I still would not rule out a draw.

Dublin v Donegal (Sun, 15.45)

Donegal have been for me the most disappointing team in Division One this year. I have always spoken about the strength of their panel of players, yet since the injury of Michael Murphy I have only seen them play well in patches this season.

When you curb the influence of Murphy, Ryan McHugh and Paddy McBrearty I find it difficult to see where the threat is coming from.

Dublin, on the other hand, looked completely rejuvenated in Omagh last weekend. That insatiable desire for hard work was very evident. With Ciaran Kilkenny and Brian Fenton driving them on, and that solid platform in the back line with a few older heads back playing, I expect Dublin to win with a few points to spare as my pick of the week.

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