O’Shea says rel­e­ga­tion game is “huge for us”

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT -

KEN­MARE played with the very strong wind in the first half but led by just three points at the half time break. Their man­ager Sean O’Shea knew that fac­ing into the el­e­ments in the sec­ond half that Rath­more would come at them with all guns blaz­ing.

“We knew re­ally that a three-point lead at half time wasn’t enough. We ac­tu­ally talked about it in the dress­ing room and ex­pected Rath­more to have a right go at us in the start of the sec­ond half. For the first 10 min­utes we couldn’t get our hands on the ball. We couldn’t even get out of our own half. Fun­nily enough both sides were turn­ing over each oth­ers kick­outs and it was strange from that point of view. I sup­pose the goal chance that we had was a key mo­ment in the game but it’s a team ef­fort so no blame to any­one. In fair­ness we left a lot of chances af­ter us but over­all I’m happy with the com­mit­ment that the lads showed.”

Ken­mare are now faced with a se­nior cham­pi­onship rel­e­ga­tion game with An Ghaeltacht, and O’Shea said that his side would pre­pare for that mas­sive game.

“We are very dis­ap­pointed to be out of the cham­pi­onship. I would love to be in the draw again but it wasn’t to be. I think that in our game against South Kerry (lost 1-14 to 0-13) and again to­day we have shown that we are good enough for se­nior cham­pi­onship. We played some good foot­ball in tough con­di­tions out there to­day, and maybe on a dry day we might have got the win. Rath­more de­served it to be fair to them”.

“The An Ghaeltacht game will be huge for us . Both of us will be fight­ing for our lives so we will have to be at full throt­tle to get a re­sult against them. Hope­fully we will be back play­ing se­nior cham­pi­onship foot­ball again next year”.

Paudie Clif­ford, East Kerry, is chased by Din­gle’s Tomás Ó Suil­leab­hain and Brian Ó Conchuir in the County FC in Fitzger­ald Sta­dium on Sun­day. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

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