Kerry have got Goggins feeling nervous

September 13, 2019

Kerry's Killian Spillane celebrates after scoring a point. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy.

Coman Goggins believes there's a 'question mark' hanging over Dublin for the first time in a long time after the drawn All-Ireland SFC final.

And the former Dublin captain admits he's a 'bit more nervous' ahead of tomorrow's replay than he was before the thrilling draw with Kerry a fortnight ago.

“I’d probably be a little bit more nervous than a fortnight ago — not that I had expected Dublin to run away with it anyway," he told the AIB GAA Podcast.

"Just that they demonstrated a level of abilities above every other team to go on and win an All-Ireland up until two weeks ago, whereas there is a question mark now. Kerry have got at them now, they’ve developed their own belief and feel they can match them (Dublin) now.

"I think keeping 15 players on the field is important — you don’t really know how much influence it had. Fifteen minutes to play in the All-Ireland final with a chance to go six points up, and John Small’s chance doesn’t go over the bar — Shane Ryan kicks the ball out and the ball is in the net at the other end and all the momentum is with Kerry. Fine margins across the teams — can you expect all fifteen to perform, can you expect Jack McCaffrey to get 1-3? Probably not.

"There are tiny margins for lads to play well — both teams will look to improve and keep 15 on the field. Dublin will still believe but Kerry are thinking ‘we’ve lived with these guys, asked questions, and we left 2-4 behind us in the first half arguably’.

"So they feel they can challenge Dublin and Dublin need to come up with answers for players to get better."

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