GOALKEEPER Edel Murphy and defender Caroline Kelly were visibly disappointed in the media room following Kerry's All-Ireland final loss to Cork, but the two players were keen look for positives from the defeat.
Both acknowledged that they were beaten by a better team, and both suggested that Kerry would improve for the experience. And the support they got in Croke Park was a source of pride and motivation for the team right to the end of a disappointing hour.
"At the start of the year our plan was to get to the AllIreland final but when you get this far you always want to bring the cup home with you. Unfortunately, today it wasn't supposed to happen for us," Kelly ( pictured in action against Valerie Mulcahy) said.
"We seemed to make mistakes that we wouldn't have made in other games. I don't want to put it down to lack of final experience or anything like that, but we did make mistakes. Then again, Cork are a fantastic side and they had us under fantastic pressure for the entire game.
"We are so grateful for the support that travelled up from Kerry. The roar that we got when we came out is something that we will never forget. And the support from the schools and the clubs in the weeks leading up to the game has been fantastic and we appreciate that very much. That gave us such a lift today. When you are down it can be hard to keep going but when we looked up and saw what was in the stand it just drove us on the whole time. "We always believed in ourselves. I know it can be hard sometimes to get motivated for a team that has beaten you so often in the past but we kept our heads down, we stayed focussed and we did believe in ourselves. And we still do. Things didn't go our way today but it's not the end of us," the Southern Gaels player added.
All Star wininng goalkeeper Edel Murphy kept a clean sheet against the best team in the country, but the Laune Rangers was quick to praise her defence for their hard work.
"It's down to the whole defence. We defended spectacularly today, just a lot of frees were given against us and we thought a lot of them were harsh decisions. We worked hard on our kickouts and we have our routine. Emma (Sherwood) has great height and she's great at fielding ball. We have a great mixture of options for kickouts, which makes it easy for me when the girls are looking for the ball.
"We've been three years on the go and finally we made it to the final. Hopefully if we can keep all the girls together again for next year then we will be back here again next year, lifting the Brendan Martin Cup next year.
"Keeping the goals out at our ends makes it a lot easier but we needed a couple of scores at the other end to keep up ticking over but unfortunately we didn't get them in the first half, which kind of hindered us coming out for the second half," Murphy said.