VICTORY was plucked from Rockchapel's grasp, but given that neither side performed up to form, both deserve another chance to put their best foot forward.
Rockchapel coach Tom Doody said a draw emerged a fair result in a closely fought County JAFC Final His charges had opened in spectacular fashion on a healthy return of 1-1 in the opening miutes. However, Rockchapel failed to score for the remainder of the opening half and trailed the Muskerry champions at the short whistle.
"We had a lot of possession but we couldn't convert it. Having said that, we weren't too disappointed coming in at half-time only a point down. We had a bit of momentum at the start of the second-half but we missed a few handy scores, that put us on the back foot a bit," he said.
Murphy glad to take draw Kilmurry left it late on mounting a barnstorming late assault that yielded a couple of late points to carve out a replay that neither side can complain about. Indeed those two late points, Kilmurry's lone contribution provided team boss Seán Murphy with food for thought ahead of Sunday week's replay.
"I'll take the draw, we didn't play well but we battled back from two points down and they missed some easy scores. If they had gone three points ahead, it would have been very hard to pull it back, with the way the game was going. We were making a lot of basic mistakes, which wasn't a bit like us, but it'd be a lot worse if we were going into a dressing room having lost by one or two points," he said.