Wednesday 25 April 2018

Pat Spillane takes aim at Kerry boss over defensive woes as Joe Brolly credits Kieran Donaghy for saving Kerry

Andy Moran and Kieran Donaghy were inspirational today
Andy Moran and Kieran Donaghy were inspirational today Newsdesk Newsdesk

All eyes will be on Croke Park next Saturday at 3pm when Kerry and Mayo do battle again but there is serious surgery required on the Kingdom defence, according to Pat Spillane.

The Kerry full-back line was tormented all afternoon by the dual-threat of Andy Moran and Cillian O'Connor and the accurate distribution from the Mayo middle-third.

Shane Enright did have some good moments but in reality, he was taken to the cleaners by Moran, who ended the game with 1-5 from play.

"I expected it to be a close game, there was a lot of mistakes made on both sides. In the end you could say that both sides didn't know how to win," Spillane told The Sunday Game after the 2-14 apiece draw.

"Mayo again with the same failings coming down the stretch... getting the wrong players in scoring situationsm bad shot options, poor execution but at the end of the day you've got to admire the resilience.

"They come back, they come back, they come back. A great afternoon's entertainment.

"I'm really happy because Kerry got out of jail.

"I can't understand that a full-back line was left exposed, was left destroyed for 70 minutes and nothing was done about it, that Andy Moran couls score 1-5 off Shane Enright and no change was made.

"A lot of homework to be done in the coming week."

Joe Brolly believes Mayo will be kicking themselves for failing to beat the Kingdom for the first time in Croke Park for 21 years and took aim at Paddy Durcan for a wild shot near the end, even though he scored the point that secured another bite of the cherry for Mayo.

"Mayo played most of the football and will be extremely disappointed not to win that game. They played the better football, their kick passing was superb, the timing off the runs, the running off the shoulder and just when they needed that bit of composure, I know Paddy Durcan scored the equaliser, but before that they had everything set up and were making the right runs and he took a stupid shot," he said

"Paddy Durcan was stupid but he was brave enough to take it on (at the end)."

For Brolly, Kieran Donaghy was the class act on show even though his aerial threat was negated by Aidan O'Shea, who was deployed in defence.

"He set up both Kerry goals, he was probing, he set up 4-5 Kerry points. I thought he was magnificent and he was the difference between Kerry losing that game and getting a draw."

Colm O'Rourke believes Mayo have the edge going into next week's game.

"I think Mayo were the better team and far from being down-hearted, I think Mayo will come into next week with  new sense of energy and enthusiasm.

"Now we know Mayo are back.

"Kerry, to me, are not a great team.

"They exposed them at the back, they dominated a lot of things but they didn't push up enough on the Kerry kick-out.

"They gave away a huge amount of possession.

"It was the platform by which Kerry got easy ball."

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