There’ll be a lot of sore heads this morning in the Kingdom following their heartbreaking All-Ireland final replay defeat to Dublin.
The Kingdom went into the game full of confidence after rattling Dublin the last day out. Despite falling behind early on they rallied to go in level at half-time.
However, Dublin turned the screw in the second half, scoring a goal after 16 seconds and Kerry just couldn’t fight their way back following that killer blow.
Following the game, Peter Keane expressed how “terribly proud” he was of his Kerry charges who made both the Allianz League final and the All-Ireland final in 2019.
“What I would say is that even today I would be terribly, terribly proud of the lads,” said Keane.
“They fought with their shoes on until the end and literally had to be carried out of there. Throughout the year they’ve given me the same and of course it’s disappointing we lost the league final here and we’ve lost an All-Ireland final here. But look that happens.
“There was a lot of learning. It was a year that even looking into championship, what were the top six teams in the championship? Dublin, we drew with. Donegal, we drew with. Tyrone, we beat. Ourselves. Cork we had beaten in the Munster championship. Mayo we’d beaten in Killarney.
“So there was certainly no easy route to this for a young team and you’d hope they learn from that. But by and large we’re reasonably happy but you’re not happy to lose an All-Ireland final.”
Keane also took the time to heap praise on the Kerry supporters who have gotten behind this young Kingdom side.
“I think that the Kerry public, and maybe a lot of ye may not be from Kerry but below in Kerry they totally got behind this team,” said Keane.
“Even between the draw and the replay, the colours that came out, the signs that came out and the support that was there. They just really have been captivated by this team and the youth of them.
“Of course young lads were going to make mistakes but they were backing them in every which way they could. What are we here at six o’clock on a Saturday evening which is a crazy time to play an All-Ireland final replay.
“They came out, you have people who will be heading home on the road tonight to Cahirciveen or Valentia Island and they won’t be home until three or four in the morning. They came out and they have supported this team in great numbers.”