Friday 20 September 2019

'We're not bringing 12-13,000 Kerry people to Croke Park just for the spin' - Kerry boss Peter Keane reflects on draw

Dublin manager Jim Gavin, right, and Kerry manager Peter Keane shake hands after the draw
Dublin manager Jim Gavin, right, and Kerry manager Peter Keane shake hands after the draw
Killian Spillane of Kerry scores his side's first goal despite the efforts of Brian Howard of Dublin during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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Dublin and Kerry will have to do it all again after a thrilling 1-16 to 1-16 All-Ireland SFC final draw at Croke Park.

Kerry boss Peter Keane told RTE afterwards: "You'd have to take the history was on Dublin's side looking for five-in-a-row. They've won the last four as we all know and they didn't exactly get that in lucky bags.

"They were obviously red-hot favourites coming into today.

"I suppose a draw is always an anti-climax. Dublin will think they could have won it and we'll think we could have won it but look, we'll get ready for Saturday week and see where we go from there."

When asked about the impact of his substitutes Tommy Walsh and Killian Spillane, Keane replied: "It's a 21-man game and we've a few more who hope for a replay."

Keane added: "I suppose we always believe. If we didn't you might as well stay at home. We're not bringing 12-13,000 Kerry people to Croke Park just for the spin. We'll go and we'll start again."

Meanwhile, Kerry legend Pat Spillane, speaking on The Sunday Game, said: "We've often been accused of being negative and cynical about the game but today.. what a game, what an advert for Gaelic football, what a contest and just hats off to them.

"The boys became men today in Kerry and Dublin showed how to be actual champions with their composure, their game management and coming back at the end.

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"It was everything good about the game."

Dublin legend Ciaran Whelan said: "Dublin have more scope for improvement."

Meanwhile, Joe Brolly was critical of referee David Gough, insisting the sending off of Dublin's Jonny Cooper "shouldn't have happened and changed the game".

Speaking on RTE afterwards, Kevin McStay said: "Both teams have plenty to improve on."

When asked if Kerry can go one better and end Dublin's drive for five, McStay added: "That remains to be seen on Saturday week. They could go out and take a tanking."

When asked who he believes will win the replay, former Mayo and Roscommon boss McStay added: "You'd be silly not to say the champions aren't in pole position."

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