Tuesday 22 October 2019

'You're not going to win an All-Ireland scoring five points in the second-half' - Peter Keane bemoans lack of Kingdom cutting edge

14 September 2019; Kerry manager Peter Keane after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
14 September 2019; Kerry manager Peter Keane after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick

Kerry GAA boss Peter Keane personally congratulated the Dublin players on their historic five-in-a-row achievement when he visited the winners' dressing room after yesterday's All-Ireland final replay.

Speaking prior to the Kerry squad's departure on train to Killarney, Keane described Dublin's achievement as 'fantastic'

"I said that to them in the dressing-room yesterday. Not alone have they have the five but they have seven out of nine won. It's a phenomenal achievement. You have to congratulate them on that."

A disappointed Keane acknowledged that Kerry hadn't taken enough of their scoring chances in the second half.

"Sure, look of course it is pivotal. Look, at the end of day you have to score to win.

"What did we have, five from 15 shots or something in the second-half? You could say there was pressure on those kicks as well. But at the same time you have to score to win. You're not going to win an All-Ireland scoring five points in the second-half.

The Kerry boss declined to enter the debate over the legality of Eoin Murchan's solo goal immediately after half time which effectively dictated the nature of the second half exchanges.

Television replays showed that the defender took at least ten steps during his run through the unguarded centre of the Kerry defence on his way to scoring his first ever championship goal for Dublin.

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"I haven't seen it. I didn't watch the replay, I didn't watch the Sunday Game or anything. It's 10 o'clock the morning after the game, I haven't seen it, I've heard it said but sure what can I do about that?

Yesterday's loss means that Kerry has now failed to beat Dublin in championship football since 2009. Since then Dublin have beaten the Kingdom in three All-Ireland finals (2011, 2015 and 2019) as well the 2013 and 2016 semi-finals and have closed to gap to eight on Kerry in the All-Ireland Roll of Honour.

Dublin has now 29 All-Ireland titles compared to 37 for Kerry who finish the decade with just one win in 2014.

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