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Saturday 21 September 2019

'Very, very young' Kerry will learn to see ties out: Keane

Kerry 1-19 Cork 3-10

UP FOR GRABS: Kerry’s David Moran of in action against Cork’s Nathan Walsh (l) and Ian Maguire during the Munster SFC Final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
UP FOR GRABS: Kerry’s David Moran of in action against Cork’s Nathan Walsh (l) and Ian Maguire during the Munster SFC Final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Kerry boss Peter Keane admits his side have plenty of work to do ahead of the Super 8s next month after securing a seventh consecutive Munster title in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday.

Keane's men collected an 81st provincial crown for the county but leaked three goals and a handful of other chances to a game Cork side that outperformed most expectations.

"What did they get... 3-10?" Keane asked afterwards. "It was 13 scores to 20 and you'd think from that that you'd be happy, but just the goal-scoring opportunities, we've got to stop them.

"If you look at some of them, particularly in the first half, they were opportunities that came from us not killing the ball above and they had an overlap coming against us.

"Some of the opportunities that they didn't get off was because we recovered and got bodies in the way. You would have to praise that part of it too.

"Us going up the field and not killing the ball, that was a killer, and we got turned over a few times....Tom O'Sullivan shot up the field one time, he made a great run, and Gavin White did it another time and then we lost the ball above.

"And then sure you're out of position then. They're two defenders, and next thing you're out of position and they have an overlap and you're chasing your tail coming back.

"That, to me, was probably a factor in (the concession of goals)."

Kerry led 1-10 to 1-4 at the break but the home side had left three goal chances behind them in the first half. However, Luke Connolly's second goal of the game from the penalty spot and Brian Hurley's flicked effort saw the sides level with just over 20 minutes to play.

Kerry had edged back in front when Paul Geaney was sent off after picking up a yellow and a black card. However, the Kingdom rode out the storm to secure their place in the Super 8s.

"You give any top team a seven-point start you are going to put yourself on the back foot," Cork manager Ronan McCarthy said.

"Obviously really pleased with the response and the way the team went after the game. We came to win the game, that was our objective, we didn't and we are thoroughly disappointed."

And after being pushed to the limit to by Cork, Keane insists his young side will be better for the experience.

"I think we've a very, very young team, it's a team that we're trying to build. I think maybe there's a huge expectation on people because of the minor successes that has happened, which is great, you're not going to knock that or give it back.

"But by the same token...you had a half-forward line tonight, Diarmuid O'Connor is 20 this year, Seanie O'Shea is 21, Darragh Moynihan is 21, like when do you see that at inter-county level? Three lads with an average age of 20 and a half?

"Four or five lads stepped away from Kerry at the start of the year or late last year and as a result of them stepping away, you lost experience on the field and how are these fellahs going to get experience, only by throwing them in there and having a cut at it."

SCORERS - Kerry: S O'Shea 0-8 (6f), D Clifford 0-4 (1f), T O'Sullivan 1-1, S O'Brien 0-2, D Moynihan, D O'Connor, P Geaney, M Burns 0-1 each. Cork: M Collins 0-8 (6f), L Connolly 2-0 (1-0 pen), B Hurley 1-0, S White, J Loughrey 0-1 each.

 

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