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In a game of two halves, Kenny conceded an own goal at the worst time

Gerard O'Regan

Published 13/03/2014 | 02:30

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD

THERE just might have been a lesson or two for Enda Kenny in that mud-splattered football match between Kerry and Tyrone last Sunday. It was a fairly nondescript National League game played in conditions where Gaelic football can be more plodding than charm-filled. But at the same time, the respective teams and their managers were anxious to make it a "learning experience''.

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However, when it was all over, a disgruntled and very put-out Tyrone manager, Mickey Harte, could scarcely contain his anger. He just couldn't explain the near collapse of his team in the second half, given that at the interval they seemed very much on track and even looked good for a win. What happened to their mindset during the break? Maybe they had forgotten the hard-worn old cliche – a football match is always a game of two halves. In any case, for Mickey it's a case of back to the drawing board big time, if his team are to survive sterner challenges ahead.

It's becoming a bit like that for Enda Kenny. His political team is also suffering mid-match blues, and unless he gets a grip on things, matters could go from bad to worse.

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