KENMARE keeper Hugh Murphy has probably trained more teams to success than he has won as a player considering his role in leading the Cork Vocational Schools to an All-Ireland title this year.
"We were waiting five months and seven days for this match. I won my own place back on the team in the meantime, I feel a bit sorry for Kieran Fitzgibbon who's been tremendous all year but it was only a small fight compared to the battle we had here today with Na Gaeil," he said.
Murphy admitted to being very impressed with the Tralee side.
"I saw them play Tuosist earlier on this year and I was very impressed with how organised they were. It was very easy for everyone to make us raging hot favourites because of the County League positions but certainly they have a lot of belief in themselves about where they are going as a club," the Kenmare goalkeeper said.
As for his club's own immediate future, Murphy admits to the club's dual Munster representation being a welcome headache.
"It's not too many clubs in Kerry, who can say they can have such representation between both codes, but we know we have to improve on closing out games heading into Munster, we certainly don't want a repeat of the situation we were in today."