Donegal manager Jim McGuinness was left perplexed after his side failed to replicate the form which saw them topple Dublin in their All-Ireland semi-final.
Goals from Paul Geaney and Kieran Donaghy helped Kerry to a 2-9 to 0-12 win over the Ulster champions and McGuinness was at a loss to explain his side’s ‘flat performance.
“Our energy wasn’t anywhere near the semi-final or the Ulster final,” he told RTE’s Sunday Game.
“We wanted to overload Kerry with runners today but the boys just didn’t seem to have the energy to do that.
“We didn’t perform to a level today that we were hoping to perform to. That’s the reason we lost the game.
“I wouldn’t go down the road of individual errors.
“We’ll have to reflect on it. In comparison to our other performances, it was flat. The energy wasn’t there and the work rate wasn’t there.
“We didn’t ask enough questions. We were getting a bit of joy but we needed to push a bit harder and get more score on the board.
“The boys owe nothing to nobody, they have given absolutely everything. A joy to work with.
“I don’t have the answer at the minute.”
Asked to reflect on his own future, McGuinness was non-committal and said that they would reflect on the situation when the dust settles.
“If I feel the hunger and desire is there and if it is we’ll make one decision and if it’s not we’ll make another decision,” he added.
Kerry are All-Ireland champions a 37th time after winning today’s season’s finale against favourites Donegal, with nine starters who were playing in their first All-Ireland final, and in the absence all season of their top forward, Colm Cooper.