Ex­tra game will bring Lix­naw on sug­gests Fo­ley

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - SPORT - BY DAMIAN STACK

THAT it took a mo­ment of magic from Shane Con­way prob­a­bly colours peo­ple’s per­cep­tions a lit­tle bit.

A feel­ing that Lix­naw had got­ten out of jail might seem ap­pro­pri­ate. Dig a lit­tle un­der the sur­face, how­ever, and it’s clear that the Her­mitage Park out­fit de­served their draw. There was noth­ing much at all be­tween the sides.

“I sup­pose over­all happy with the draw be­cause with ten min­utes to go it ap­peared we were up against it in terms of get­ting a re­sult,” Lix­naw coach Mark Fo­ley com­mented.

“Then to­wards the end we had chances to win the game, but in the over­all scheme of things, happy to get an­other crack at it. I think it was a good game to be fair. Bal­ly­duff and our­selves like to move the ball around a bit and then to have two ex­cel­lent for­wards on show in Shane [Con­way] and Padraig [Boyle], who were ex­cel­lent to be fair.

“You would travel a long way to find two bet­ter per­for­mances on a big stage on a county fi­nal day in any county. In fair­ness to both play­ers they got some su­perb scores. Podge got a cou­ple of goals and some su­per points and Shane got great points too and to top it off with a great side­line cut near the end was fan­tas­tic.”

Such was the cen­tral­ity of Shane Con­way to the story of the game that other per­for­mances risk be­ing over­looked. One such per­for­mance was that given by John Grif­fin, who was ev­ery bit as ef­fec­tive as he can be.

“When the need is great­est John Grif­fin al­ways shows great lead­er­ship,” Fo­ley said.

“He kind of grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck there in the mid­dle of the sec­ond half when we were in trou­ble and drove the thing on. So yeah in fair­ness to Tweak on the county fi­nal day he nor­mally pro­duces his best hurl­ing and he did so again to­day.”

Look­ing ahead to next week­end it would seem that Lix­naw with a younger side ought to have a greater scope for im­prove­ment.

“We would be just hop­ing be­cause to­day we had a much bet­ter per­for­mance than we had the last day against St Bren­dans,” Fo­ley said.

“Ob­vi­ously we would not be happy with el­e­ments of to­day’s play, but the game will bring us on and we will be bet­ter again the next day. There is lots of food for thought on both sides and I sup­pose going into the next day again it’s any­one’s game.”

The man­age­ment team have just seven days to wrap their head around the re­play. De­cide what im­prove­ments need to be made, de­cide what im­prove­ments can be made in the lim­ited time al­lowed. You’d have to imag­ine it’s a dif­fi­cult thing to do for any man­age­ment team at such short no­tice.

“No, not re­ally,” Fo­ley ex­plained.

“You just back up on the horse again, be­cause I sup­pose this week there is not a whole lot that you can in terms of train­ing. It’s all about get­ting the minds right and the bod­ies’ right for Sun­day.

“It will be more about rest and re­cu­per­a­tion and get the bod­ies right and hone in on those ar­eas that you feel that you need to im­prove on for the next day.”

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