Tribesmen had our measure, admits Kenny

Cork wing-back Tom Kenny admitted after yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat that Galway “seemed to have the measure” of his side after half-time.

“It’s very disappointing, we came up with the full intention of making it to the final — going into the second half we were in a very good position, but as the second half went on, I don’t know if we were too narrow or hitting in the wrong ball, Galway just seemed to have the measure of us in the second half.

“Pa Cronin was very unlucky with his goal chance, that would probably have raised the Cork crowd and got us back level, but such is life. Such is sport.”

Kenny said the defensive unit had been reasonably happy with their display. “I think as a unit we set ourselves up well,’’ he said. “We tried to help each other out, particularly in the one-on-ones, when Stephen [McDonnell] was on Damien Hayes and Brian [Murphy] was on Joe Canning.

“They were always going to get scores off us, that’s a given, but in the last three or four minutes they got a few easy scores.”

The Grenagh clubman said there were positives to take out of the season for Cork.

“We got to the league final,” said Kenny. “Our performance that day wasn’t up to scratch.

“We were unlucky to lose to Tipp, they got the goal and the rub of the green and we put in a tremendous performance. We worked our way through the back door to the semi-final, and if we were told at the start of the year that we’d make a semi-final we’d have said, ‘yeah, we’ll take that’. So there are a lot of positives to take from the year.

Kenny himself indicated he’d be available in 2013. He said: “Hopefully, fingers crossed, we’ll give it another go but that’s down to management. They might want to set up a new team, but those aren’t decisions for now — we’ll mull over it for the winter and hopefully we won’t have sleepless nights.”


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