Delight for Kennedy as charges finally learn to take chances

KILMURRY-IBRICKANE manager John Kennedy summed it up neatly. This was one of those days that those patrolling the line dream of.

Some county finals are won with a winning total of eight points. The west Clare side had that by the interval and then there was the added bonus of sending their opponents down the tunnel without a single score to their credit at that juncture.

“I’m delighted,” said the Kerryman. “In the quarter-final against Cooraclare and the semi-final against Cratloe we created a lot of good chances and played a lot of good football but maybe let ourselves down with the last pass and things like that.

“We worked hard over the last two weeks and this was probably one of those days that you dream about as a manager and a management team. Everything went well. We kicked great scores, the confidence came, our handling was good and our movement was great.”

St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield brought a winning underage pedigree to this encounter but there’s was an inexperienced team at this level, by and large, and one badly in need of the sustenance and belief that a positive opening quarter can provide on such an occasion.

They didn’t get it.

“It was something we had talked about, starting well, because we had been starting well in games all year,” said Kennedy. “We talked about it last week in a meeting and said that when we get on top we need to kill off teams. We need to be more clinical. We came out of the traps quickly and took two great scores and we pushed on from there.”

Next up is a Munster semi-final against either the Waterford or Kerry champions and on this evidence Kilmurry, who were provincial champions and All-Ireland finalists in 2009, will be an unenviable opponent on November 20.

“The aim was to win the Jack Daly and we have that won,” said Kennedy. “Now there is another competition coming up. It is a month to the next game. We will enjoy the next few days and talk about the next day after that.”

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