Bitter pill to swallow for Kerry boss O'Sullivan
WILLIAM O'Sullivan cut a lonesome figure at full time.
He could be found at full time with his players consoling them before he quietly slipped away and left them to greet friends and family.
"We never got going today and Cork defended brilliantly" was the short synopsis by team manager William O'Sullivan after the game.
"Cork made it very difficult for us and closed up the space all day long. We had hoped to have the pace to get past their defence, but at times they were two and three deep with defenders. When you play each other so often players get to know each other so well and Cork learned more from the losses," he added.
Quick to draw attention to the team's record O'Sullivan is in no doubt time will recognise the team's efforts.
"This team have come a long way in four years and when some time passes the true achievement of the girls will be appreciated, but on today you have to be disappointed especially because we know we had a lot more to give, but for whatever reason it just did not show in that performance. I really can't give out about their efforts and what they have given to the county."
Asked about any retirements he was swift in his reply.
"Not the day for talk of it to be honest. We'll meet up and talk the game through and see where we go from here but there is still a desire in the team to win an All-Ireland.
"Maybe playing in Division One of the league might be the key to that, but that's a long way off to be honest," he concluded.