Immediately following Kerry’s defeat to Dublin in the All-Ireland SFC final replay, Peter Keane addressed the media to dissect where it all went wrong for the Kingdom.
Kerry had Dublin rattled in their drawn encounter two week’s ago before the All-Ireland champions rallied in injury time to salvage a draw.
Following that, many felt that Kerry had blown their best shot at stopping Dublin from completing the five-in-a-row and that proved to be the case as Jim Gavin’s side came away with six points to spare in Saturday’s replay.
However, Keane refused to accept that Kerry left it behind them the last day.
“I wouldn’t have felt we left it behind,” said Keane.
“I could see the argument. Dean Rock had a chance of kicking a winner at the end of it so had he scored that there would have been no leaving it behind, we’d have lost it. I suppose with any young team, what did we have we had 11 fellas that started in an All-Ireland for the first time.
“We had two fellas who came on in that game so that was 13 fellas playing in their first All-Ireland final. So in many ways, you’d have said, ‘Jesus this is great’ because you’re getting another shot at it, another opportunity to build on it.”
Afterwards, Keane admitted that Kerry had their chances to halt Dublin’s progression but failed to do so.
“I suppose look we were there in the first half and were chasing it a bit, we were down five at one stage in that first half and got it back to equal at half time.
“The goal I suppose wasn’t part of the plan after half time but we worked our way back to two points again. We had a few chances after that but I suppose we were stretching it at all times thereafter.”
Keane admitted that Eoin Murchan’s goal just 16 seconds after the restart was a huge blow but it wasn’t the losing of the game for Kerry.
“It was but by the same token if you are going to concede one it might be as good a time as any to concede one because you are going to have another 30 or 40 minutes to go after it.
“When we had the goal chance ourselves what were we down four (three) points? If you had taken that so .. we had chances we just didn’t convert them.”