Final Countdown: Minors To Win But For The Seniors It’s 50/50 Says Charlie Nelligan

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Charlie Nelligan says it will be a 50/50 battle for the Kerry seniors on Sunday.

CHARLIE Nelligan’s on The Mall is never found wanting when it comes to showing the colours for the All-Ireland.

We called in and asked the seven-time All-Ireland senior medal winner, how he thinks Sunday will go for the men in green and gold.

“Well I think the minors could win alright. The seniors could be 50/50,” said the Castleisland native. “I was very impressed with Donegal the last day – any team that would beat Dublin you’d have to be. You’d have expected Dublin to wipe them out but they didn’t,” said the man who was the net minder of that great team of the 1970s and 80s.

“Maybe if Dublin had got a couple of earlier goals it would have made a difference, but they didn’t, despite having chances. The Donegal boys showed their strength and they go flat out all the time,” said the baker.

I suggested Kerry may have more firepower and can score from distance.

“They have and they can, but Dublin scored from distance and it didn’t work, they kept their forwards outside range. But I think it’ll be a great game. Our fellas have come on so much. To be honest, I didn’t expect us to beat Cork but they were a revelation. Same against Galway and Mayo – they were very good and improving all the time. The extra game in Limerick will do them a power of good too. I’d be hopeful but cautiously so,” he said.

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