Lurker wrote:The truth, I think, is somewhere in the middle.
We engaged in some pulling and dragging off the ball, more than Kerry did I would have to admit from my viewpoint. O'Mullane from Kilmurry was easily the biggest culprit here, he should have been carded at least twenty minutes before he eventually was. It did get the Kerry crowd on that terrace side baying for blood early on, not that they ever need any encouragement. I had my fill of them by half time and moved myself over to the stand for the second half, where there was a greater Cork presence. Like Ranty and probably everybody else, I didn't know about any commotion in the tunnel until later on that night.
As for the card count - the black was unquestionable, O'Mullane deserved his and the full back O'Mahony got full value for his also, body checking his opponent and stopping him in his tracks on halfway, his uncle would have been proud. I can't remember the others specifically but there was nothing overly offensive. Neither can I really think of instances where Kerry players should have picked up cards but didn't, they were disciplined in their tackling. All-in-all, I think this so called nasty undercurrent is being overstated, the match was free flowing for the most part.
Griffin was in and out of the field all evening, I didn't see him verbally abuse anybody, to be honest, not saying it didn't happen, but he should have have been told in no uncertain terms that he had no business out there in any case. I'd imagine this riled our sideline somewhat and things eventually heated over.
As for the game itself, we competed well throughout but just seemed to lack real penetration. Our backs were tenacious, as were theirs, midfield had periods of real dominance and we seemed to have some individual talent in the full forward line but they never got any consistent level of supply. Our half forward line didn't really provide the necessary link we needed. Blake Murphy was classy and accurate though to be fair.
I was reasonably impressed with Conor Russell also, who was heavily involved in the extracurricular activities afterwards by all accounts. We didn't get him on enough ball but on the rare occasions he dropped deep he look very capable of getting his head up and delivering excellent passes and also got one of the scores of the game during our purple patch in the second half.
As was the case in the minor match, I was expecting a bit more from Nemo's Cronin overall, there's clearly talent there but I was hoping for more of a constant threat. I'm probably being harsh as supply was limited.
Keane started well again, just as he had the week before, and drifted in and out. The other midfielder, O'Sullivan, performed well also but Kerry also had some joy in this area with O'Sullivan and the erratic but effective Sauerland.
A two point deficit against a strong breeze wasn't the end of the world at half time, given we went nineteen minutes without scoring after our mini-blitz at the start. That said, it could have been so much better had Conor McMahon's brilliant attempt at goal not rattled the crossbar.
In the final analysis, the more efficient team won, regardless of the referee or any other factors. They ran at us from deep in the second half and caused a lot of problems, our backs did well to limit the damage but they just didn't get the respite that the scoreboard ticking over at the other end would have provided, and it certainly wasn't for the want of chances. As reported elsewhere, we missed three very good chances to erase the arrears midway through the second half but each trailed agonisingly off target. We had total dominance during that period after Kerry had come out of the blocks quicker in the second half, and could easily have had a goal or two instead of the three points they accumulated.
The referee had even seemed to turn in our favour, momentarily at least, as often seems to happen when the momentum swings. He penalised their goalkeeper for time wasting and gave a couple of frees against Kerry backs for overcarrying. We just didn't capitalise and, yet again, went home licking our wounds.
That paragraph in black sums it up Lurker. It's difficult to describe Griffin's antics to those who didn't witness it first hand.
Lane's statement to the Examiner today is another example of Cork rolling over when the GAA family is threatened.
For those of you reading and believing what you read on a Kerry forum, you have little knowledge of the lengths they will go to
to win at football. Those of us who know them well also know they are colour blind and unsporting.
On young Mullane from Kilmurry, look again if you can. His man in green & gold started it and never stopped pulling at him and
Lastly, does anybody believe that a team of 17 year old boys would arrive into the heart of Kerry and start trouble?
Referee..............what referee. A joke.