It was disappointing to lose in Kerry yesterday. I thought when we hit four points in-a-row at the start of the second half and to come to within two points of Kerry, that we were back in the game. The game was finely balanced at the time.
But that was as close as we got. They kicked on and Bryan Sheehan kicked a number of massive points into the wind.
It was a pretty feisty game and Kerry were very physical. They were really up for it and they had much more of an edge to them than Down, Cork or Mayo.
I thought we were unwise to get involved with Kerry physically. With the exception of the two McGees and Michael Murphy, we don’t have the players that can do physical.
We are better when we stick to what we do best and that is to play football. I felt sorry for Leo McLoone, his sending off to me was a balancing of the books by referee Eddie Kinsella.
Once again our over-reliance on Michael Murphy for scores was worrying. The rest of the forwards are going to have to take on the responsibility and not leave it all to Michael.
We are going to have to regroup now for Roscommon next Sunday and we should not take them lightly either. They are on a good run. We need to win next Sunday’s game to get our semi-final ambitions back on track.
Roscommon is our last home game. Both the Dublin and Monaghan games are away and they will not be easy and we cannot take them for granted. Monaghan are also going to be fighting for a semi-final place and while Dublin have qualified for the knockout stages, they won’t want to lose to us.
It is a matter of getting back on track next Sunday. We are all down in the mouth this morning, it is our first defeat. Mind you, we are on six points and if someone told us at the start of the league that we would have won three of our first four games we would have been very happy.
Finally, this week my sympathies to Joyce McMullan and his family on the death of his mother Bridie who was laid to rest yesterday, in Donegal Town.
Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.
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