Mayo momentum has Fitzmaurice on high alert

11 August 2017

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice.
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Eamonn Fitzmaurice believes Mayo are 'finding their form at the right moment'.

Having watched Mayo's demolition of Roscommon in last Monday's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final replay, which was their seventh game of the championship, the Kerry manager certainly doesn't subscribe to the theory that they're a tired team.

“I don’t buy into that (Mayo fatigue) at all. Over the past few weeks, they’ll have done very little training, they will have been tapering it the whole time. They’ve had a glut of games, and players will always thrive on games over training," Fitzmaurice is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner ahead of Sunday week's All-Ireland SFC semi-final.

“When games comes thick and fast, players and management don’t have the time to be over-thinking. After finding their form at the right moment, they’ve been able to go straight into preparation for a semi-final against us.”

He added: "I am happy where we are at, but cognisant of what Mayo did in 2016 after stumbling their way through much of the championship. They proceeded to deliver two huge final performances against Dublin and they obviously believe they are ready to do that again.”

Fitzmaurice has confirmed that attackers Bryan Sheehan and Kevin McCarthy have recovered from injury, but that Sheehan's St. Mary's club-mate and panelist Denis Daly is doubtful after picking up an injury in a recent club game.