“We got the best possible start,” said Dillons coach Kieran O’Mahony, “and were hurling with great confidence throughout the field for long periods, but you must give credit to Kildorrery, they never gave up, and I suppose a draw was a fair result.
“It was a tough, hard game and it’s still all to play for.
“When I look back on it now, maybe we sat back in the second half and invited them to come at us. It’s something we’ll look at ahead of the replay and see if we need to change things around a bit.
“But I must give great credit to our lads, they never threw in the towel, and in the finish got their just rewards. We are still in there fighting”.
Kildorrery selector Pat Fenton said their horror start, when they conceded 1-1 inside the first minute, had him concerned.
“That kind of thing would upset most teams, but our lads settled well and when we put Michael Walsh back centre back, that steadied the ship somewhat and we got back into the game fairly quick with Finbarr Stapleton’s goal.
“We knew we had the fight in us. We found ourselves in similar situations along the way this season and each time dug ourselves out of it through sheer hard work and a couple of good positional moves.
“There is great self-belief in this team and they don’t know when they are beaten. Today was another good lesson for us and if we can take the positives out of it, it should stand to us in the replay.
“Peter O’Brien has been our rock for a number of seasons and he really pulled this one of the fire for us.
“I knew he had nothing else on his mind when he got that ball and ran at their defence. It was a goal worthy of winning any game, but he has been doing that for Kildorrery now for years. Dillons are a great side and we fully respect them. Hopefully we will have another honest game with them in the replay.”