Stack happy way players fought back

Stephen Stack was taking the positives from Austin Stack’s performance despite seeing them lose a four-point second-half advantage.

Putting the drawn game in the context of their hammering at this stage against Dr Crokes last year, he was delighted with the second opportunity.

“Isn’t it fantastic to be looking forward to a replay next weekend?

“This time last year we were not in a great place. I can tell you leaving the dressing room we were in 100 times a better place facing into a replay and are looking forward to it.”

Stack never felt the strength of the wind was going to provide the Tralee club with enough of a cushion in the second-half.

He was delighted with how his players fought back after Mid Kerry’s early goal, the highlight being Kieran Donaghy’s goal, but wasn’t reading much into their three-point lead at the break.

“I think the goal set us backwards, but you have to take those things on the chin. They can happen in matches and it’s how you react (which is important).

“I think we reacted very well and we finished the last five or six minutes exceptionally strong because that was a strong wind.

“It (Donaghy’s goal) nullified the goal we conceded and gave us a bit of a platform but we never thought the wind was going to do it for us in the second-half.

“We still needed to play fairly controlled football and we still needed to exert some sort of pressure or dominance in the middle third of the pitch.

“We did do that for a lot of the game but midway through the second half I think they caught their ball around that area of the pitch and drove forward, they’re a counterattacking team with a lot of good ball-carrying players.

“It was all about who won the most possession.”


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