Keegan thinks Kerry were "over-confident"

May 25, 2023

Kerry's Paudie Clifford dejected after the defeat to Mayo in Killarney ©INPHO/Evan Treacy

Lee Keegan feels Kerry were “over-confident” in their approach against Mayo last weekend.

Jack O’Connor’s men slipped to a 1-19 to 0-17 at the hands of the Westerners in Killarney last Saturday, making a first home championship loss for the Kingdom in 28 years.

Writing in his column for RTE Sport this week, Keegan said that the defending All-Ireland champions could’ve been hammered out the gate only for a David Clifford “masterclass”.

“More surprising was the Kerry team that showed up. They didn't appear to be clued in on what Mayo would bring,” the five-time All-Star wrote.

“I think they were over-confident. They came in without having been challenged in Munster. On the evidence of the game, they didn't seem to have their homework done. Which is a shocking thing to say about a Kerry team managed by Jack O'Connor.

“In a strange way, Kerry were the ideal opponents for Mayo given the week that was in it - odd to say about playing the All-Ireland champions in Killarney, where they hadn't been beaten in nearly three decades.”

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