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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Manager O'Sullivan expected to reach final but won't get carried away with semi-final result

Donal Barry

Published 01/05/2013 | 05:36

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When the final whistle went in Sean Treacy Park a weight had certainly being lifted off William O'Sullivan's (pictured) back as he finally managed to get past the semi-final stage in this competition on his third attempt.

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"We knew that we had prepared well and I always felt that this year we would get into the final. I feel Westmeath were a little over awed by the experience and they never really got going," he told The Kerryman after the game.

O'Sullivan was happy with his team professional attitude to the occasion as well. "The players know that this is just a semi-final, no need to be getting carried away. Semi-finals have to be won and I thought we were well worth the margin."

The last time Kerry were in a National League final was 2008 when Kerry lost out to Cork in the Division 1 decider. One of the many survivors from that day was Mags Fitzgerald and she was delighted to be back.

"It's a great feeling to be in the final and it's a great reward for all the hard work that this bunch of players have put in.

Praising her colleagues she felt "The attitude was really really good today, everyone stuck to the job they had to do and I think we have matured greatly as a team in the last three seasons. We were letting nothing stop us today."

However with feet still on the ground Fitzgerald knows the journey is not over yet "We have one finally step to overcome to be champions"

Indeed, that step is not too far away as Kerry will head to Parnell Park in Dublin for the league finals show piece on May 11 when they will be one of the three Leagues finals played on the day. William O'Sullivan is conscious of support.

"I know the game will be televised by TG4 but I would love to see a good Kerry support going. It's important for people to recognise the effort of the players."

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