For a split second we feared for him. For a split second it looked like he'd bitten off more than he could chew. It looked like he'd backed himself into a corner he wouldn't be able to get out of. Not with three Crokes men bearing menacingly down on top of him near the sideline right beside the stand.
We need not have worried. Even sitting where we were sitting, in an elevated position with a wider view of the pitch, we still couldn't see what he did, couldn't see how he'd extricate himself from this particular bind.
Extricate himself Mike Breen did, though, and not only that he turned it to his advantage, picking out a sweet pass, bypassing the ravenously hungry black and amber pack chasing him down, and setting in train another Mid Kerry attack.
It was a lovely little moment in the game. Probably not one that stood out for many people in a game of stand-out moments - we had three goals and forty five scores in total over the eighty minutes after all - but it was, we felt, indicative of what this Mid Kerry side is all about.
For a young side - and yes there is a smattering of wise old heads about the side too - it's got an amount of resilience beyond its years and level of experience. They - like Breen in that second half vignette - don't get rattled. They don't panic. They keep calm and carry on.
Any other number of teams would have found it hard to come back against Dr Crokes after one set back, let alone the three times Peter O'Sullivan's side managed to do so. Micheál Burns' first half strike didn't discommode the Mid Kerry men unduly. Instead they rattled off five points unanswered over the next ten minutes or so.
Losing a six point lead in the space of ten second half minutes didn't cause Mid Kerry to wilt either - they battled back to lead the game as the match ticked into time added on. Not even going four points down in the second half of extra-time dented their self-confidence. The red and green simply pushed on to victory.
Very few sides are that self-possessed, that cool under pressure, especially not in the face of the single most successful and relentless side in the history of the competition. Dr Crokes are fearsome - even with the injury crisis that's gripped them - and Mid Kerry didn't fear them unduly. Not for a second.
For what is essentially a new Mid Kerry side in their first year back as serious contenders for the Bishop, that's pretty remarkable and it's a quality that will stand them in good stead against East Kerry. Sure, East Kerry haven't exactly ripped it up in their three games to date, but they remain very much a side with the quality to punish you at a moment's notice.
Having that seemingly innate ability to roll with those punches and keep doing your own thing, keep trying to do the right thing and trusting that eventually you'll get your rewards for that, would have to give you hope for Mid Kerry ahead of the showdown with the reigning champions.
Of course, they'll be underdogs - the bookies have East Kerry installed as raging hot favourites - but that will suit Mid Kerry too. Let all the focus in the build up be on Jerry O'Sullivan and David Clifford and talk of back-to-back titles and Kerry captaincies and all the rest of it.
Mid Kerry will do what Mid Kerry have done all campaign. Focus on themselves. Do what they can do. Prepare as best as they can prepare. Get the most out of themselves and, really, if they do that then there really shouldn't be that much in it on Sunday week.
Peter O'Sullivan's men are a side oozing with talent. The aforementioned Mike Breen - once unleashed in the second half - really set the tone. Even slightly unheralded guys like Jack Brosnan and David Mangan, showed the quality they possess. On every single line of the pitch, Mid Kerry have that kind of quality.
Gavan O'Grady stole the show up front, but even then the old dog for the hard road, Darran O'Sullivan was a hugely significant factor. Not only did he keep one of Crokes' danger men, Gavin White busy, he also assisted quite a number of scores.
O'Sullivan didn't dazzle as he might have done in times past, but he's still a guy who takes very close watching. The burst of pace that made his name looks very much in tact. He'll have a say on the outcome of the championship yet.
One of the biggest pluses Mid Kerry have ahead of a showdown with the star-studded East Kerry is that they look to have a depth of talent better able to match up to what the reigning champions have on the bench than any other of the fifteen pretenders to the crown.
For instance, last weekend's match winner, Jack O'Connor, is some man to be able to call upon in a crunch (winning big games in Stack Park in extra-time seems to be a speciality of the man). His club mate Seán O'Brien is another great sub to have. Same goes for Kieran O'Sullivan, Caolim Teahan and Cathal Moriarty.
It was that quality on the bench, which allowed them finally burn off a, by the end, tired looking Dr Crokes side. O'Sullivan and his management team were able to freshen things up through-out extra-time. Dr Crokes manager Edmund O'Sullivan, meanwhile, ended up having to bring two players previously subbed back on.
That will tell you the extent to which the Lewis Road outfit were down to the bare bones and that being the case the way they rose to the challenge last Saturday evening was nothing short of heroic. It was Mid Kerry's night - let nobody take that away from them - but Dr Crokes still managed to enhance their reputation in defeat.
To play as well as they did, to stay in the game as long as they did, tells you everything you need to know about the club, the coaching and the quality of footballer they're able to field. They went out on their shields, no question about it. They did themselves proud and then some.
Both Dr Crokes and Mid Kerry showed what Kerry football can be at its very best. Truly everyone who laced boot in Stack Park on Saturday evening deserved a standing ovation. Hopefully some day soon they'll get just that.