FIRST things first. What Joe Shannon and his Laune Rangers team have achieved in the past five or six months has been nothing short of remarkable.
What happened on Sunday afternoon changes that not a whit. You can be sure it hurts in Killorglin this week, but when the fog clears and they can look back upon their 2012 – which still has a ways to go with the Mid Kerry championship to be played – they'll be able to look back with pride at how far they've come.
And we don't just mean the County semi-final. They played Dr Crokes in a semifinal already this year and never really looked at the races. For thirty or forty minutes on Sunday they did. They were lacking that little something up front that's for sure, but at the back?
At that back they were as good as any in curbing Crokes this term. They relied on men behind that ball to do so. If it's good enough for Donegal then why not Killorglin?
Much like the McGuinness project, if Rangers are to improve into the future then they're going to have to improve offensively. Shannon will be as aware of this as anybody in the aftermath of the defeat.
"To be fair they're an honest group of players," he said when called upon to assess the season after the game on Sunday.
"We're an ordinary team unless we work extremely hard and once we got that work ethic embedded they progressed in leaps and bounds so hopefully we've learned from our contest against Dr Crokes and other teams in the past and look we'll learn again today and we'll get the heads up and focus on something else."
Whatever hope they do draw will be drawn from the first half when they remained right in contention despite playing against the breeze.
"It was a supreme effort in the first half, playing against a breeze of that nature and maybe that cost of into the second half in terms of a heavy pitch we ran out of a bit of legs possibly. The Crokes did what they do best playing against the breeze in the second half they retained possession, kept on popping it around and waited for the opportunities to arise. They were very patient.
"We were content where we were going out in the second half a point down having played against a very strong breeze. Phase One did work, but unfortunately we came up short, well short on the day."
That was the thing for Rangers. How to transition from the first half containment game to a more expansive game with the breeze at their backs.
"That was the plan," Shanon confirmed.
"We approached the game as a sort of three phased game. Phase One worked very well, but when it came to Phase Two it just.. you have to credit the Crokes too. They worked extremely hard in the second half. We didn't get our runners going.
"Centre-field was a huge issue for us and even when we were getting to break it we weren't picking it up on the ground, we weren't scrapping and when you don't win ball you don't win games."