The absence of a clinical finisher in front of goal cost Donegal a third league win, according to manager Rory Gallagher.
The visitors kicked three unanswered points directly upon the change of ends to move in front, but were quickly reeled in.
Gallagher rued the three wides registered by Colm McFadden, Christy Toye and Mark McHugh around the 60-minute mark, when they trailed 1-12 to 1-10.
David Moran bagged Kerry’s second goal in the subsequent passage of play, proved the insurance score.
“The three wides were all from very scoreable positions and Mark (McHugh) could have possibly looked to continue on (for goal) from where I was looking, and then a wee bit of bad luck with the ball coming off the post (for their goal), but look these things happen. Kerry were clinical and didn’t miss their chances.
“Kerry were the better team, but when we did hang on and then went ahead in the second half, we looked in a good position.
“We were probably careless with some of our passing and got turned over. Kerry punished us at the far end. It was a disappointing result but I’m pleased with some aspects of the display.”
Gallagher too conceded his troops played second fiddle at midfield.
“Midfield is huge now, it gives you an opportunity to open teams up if you do well there. It was an area where we fell a wee bit short.
“Obviously we were very disappointed in how we started at midfield. We didn’t go too well and gave Kerry a good platform. We bounced back and got the goal, but Bryan Sheehan’s frees helped them along.”
Donegal sit just clear of the relegation zone by virtue of a superior score difference to Tyrone. Gallagher said it would not represent a disaster if they dropped to the second tier at the end of spring.
“It’s not because at the start of the league every team takes a different approach. I’m sure Kerry did and grew into it like we did. It is thin lines, thin margins, but we’ll focus on staying up.
“It doesn’t look like six points is going to keep anyone safe this year. You will possibly need seven or eight. So we need to get a win the next day out.”
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