Heartache for camo­gie team in Croke Park

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT - BY CONOR McKENNA

KERRY will nat­u­rally be very dis­ap­pointed when look­ing back on the All-Ire­land camo­gie fi­nal, as the King­dom failed to per­form to their po­ten­tial through­out the en­counter.

Pa­trice Dig­gin was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic for Stephen Gog­gin’s charges keep­ing Kerry in the game for large pe­ri­ods. Cen­tre-for­ward Laura Collins also stood out.

One could not help but feel for Kerry full back Ni­amh Leen who was faced with the task of mark­ing Aoife Bu­gler.

The open­ing goal came af­ter 15 min­utes and it was the de­cid­ing fac­tor over the course of the game.

Laoise Quinn picked out Aoife Bu­gler, who went past Leen be­fore fin­ish­ing. Would Kerry have been bet­ter off to de­ploy a sweeper in front of Bu­gler? It’s hard to know but Ni­amh Leen would have been grate­ful for the ex­tra de­fen­sive pro­tec­tion as Dublin were aim­ing for Bu­gler on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions aid the Dublin star reg­is­tered 1-1 fro play through­out.

The gap was two points in the 1 minute, af­ter Pa­trice Dig­gins’s free.

but the in­ter­ven­ing pe­riod be­fore half time was cru­cial as five unan­swered Dublin points gave Shane Plow­man’s side a seven point in­ter­val ad­van­tage,

Stephen Gog­gin was pleased with his sides sec­ond half ef­fort and be­lieves noth­ing went right for his Kerry side through­out.

“Look, we just said it’s only a seven point game and the way I’d look at is in hurl­ing seven points is noth­ing, so I’d re­ally just go for it and see where it takes us and in fair­ness to the girls they tried their heart out, just was kind of one of those days noth­ing re­ally came off like balls jit­ter­ing out of the hands and stuff like that and I sup­pose that’s the oc­ca­sion and ev­ery­thing. They’ll learn from it, they’re all very young so I’ve no doubt they’ll be back again like.”

Kerry did not cre­ate enough in the sec­ond half to trou­ble Dublin so seven points was al­ways go­ing to be a tough deficit to claw back giv­ing the cir­cum­stances.

The fact that all but one of the start­ing 15 hail from the Clan­mau­rice club, giv­ing this more of a lo­cal feel.

That is in com­par­i­son to Dublin where a wide range of clubs are rep­re­sented, how­ever that is the norm with a city team.

Clan­mau­rice and Kerry did their county proud all year with­out ques­tion and the fu­ture is bright for Kerry camo­gie.

Gog­gin was de­lighted with the sup­port his side re­ceived on the big­gest day ever for Kerry camo­gie.

“You can just see the crowd of people up from Kerry to watch them to­day. There’s al­ways been 100, 120 people there like. There was def­i­nitely 1000 people up from Kerry to­day so that’s great, that’s only go­ing to be good for the girls and there was a lot of young girls up watch­ing that so they’re go­ing to want to achieve that as well some day to be play­ing out in Croke Park.

“It’s a mas­sive fac­tor like, it’s great be­cause if you get to an All-Ire­land fi­nal you know it’s go­ing to be on in Croke Park like it’s a mas­sive in­cen­tive.”

It wasn’t to be for Kerry camo­gie on the day, but this young Kerry side will be back in the fi­nal in the not so dis­tant fu­ture, with An All-Ire­land camo­gie suc­cess due in the not too dis­tant fu­ture.

Kerry’s Jackie Hor­gan gets on the ball as Dublin’s Ni­amh Glee­son moves in to tackle her

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