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Three All-Ireland minor winners back from injury for Kerry ahead of EirGrid Munster U21 final

Kerry face Cork in the decider in Tralee on Thursday 7 April.

THREE ALL-IRELAND minor winners are back from injury to boost Kerry’s squad ahead of their EirGrid Munster U21 football final against Cork next week.

KerrMark O'Connor lifts the cup Kerry minor captain Mark O'Connor lifts the cup after last September's All-Ireland final win. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Dingle duo Mark O’Connor and Matthew Flaherty along with Kerins O’Rahilly’s player Cormac Coffey, all started in Kerry’s 2014 All-Ireland minor final win over Donegal.

O’Connor was involved in last year’s minor final success against Tipperary when he captained the Kerry side.

The trio have not featured in either of Kerry’s wins to date against Tipperary and Limerick in the Munster U21 championship but are winning their battle against injury.

Kerry face Cork in the decider in Tralee on Thursday 7 April.

Stephen McBrearty with Cormac Coffey Cormac Coffey (right) in action in the 2014 All-Ireland minor decider. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

“Mark O’Connor has participated in a couple of the sessions now which is good to see,” Kerry U21 boss Jack O’Connor told Radio Kerry Sport.

“Matthew Flaherty has got a couple of club games, same with Cormac Coffey, which is good for them after their injuries.

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Matthew Flaherty Kerry player Matthew Flaherty Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO


“So look there’s going to be good competition for the 24 for this game and big competition for the starting 15 obviously.”

O’Connor believes Kerry’s form has been below-par at stages to date this season.

“The first game Tipperary sat back and invited us on a bit. Our backs found themselves in strange positions that night.

Jack O'Connor Kerry boss Jack O'Connor Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

“I think in many ways they got in to bad habits that night because we felt that maybe the last night against Limerick, fellas weren’t doing their primary duty which was to defend.

“We just have to get back and get the balance right between defending and attacking.

“We were disappointed in the Limerick game in the fact that we kicked 1-14 but we were quite open at the back and we were vulnerable to Limerick running at us.”

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