Peter Keane: 'We had chances'
By Cian O'Connell
Kerry manager Peter Keane acknowledged Eoin Murchan's goal was the decisive moment as Dublin claimed a fifth All Ireland win on the spin at Croke Park.
Keane felt that Kerry squandered some decent scoring chances during the game with Stephen Cluxton's save to deny Stephen O'Brien in the 54th minute a critical intervention.
Murchan's goal was key according to Keane. "It was, but by the same token if you are going to concede one it might be as good a time as any to concede one because you are going to have another 30 or 40 minutes to go after it," Keane reflected.
"When we had the goal chance ourselves what were we down a few points. If you had taken that ... we had chances we just didn’t convert them."
Following a demanding opening in which Kerry trailed by 0-5 to 0-1 after eight minutes Keane was satisfied with how his team responded to be level by the interval.
"I suppose, look we were there in the first half and were chasing it a bit, we were down at one stage in that first half and got it back to equal at half-time.
"The goal, I suppose, wasn’t part of the plan after half time but we worked our way back to two points again.
"We had a few chances after that, but I suppose we were stretching it at all times there."
Keane, though, didn't wish to reflect on what might have been following the initial drawn encounter on September 1. "I wouldn't have felt we left it behind, right," Keane added.
"I could see the argument. Dean Rock had a chance of kicking a winner at the end of it so had he scored that there would have been no leaving it behind, we'd have lost it.
"I suppose with any young team, what did we have we had 11 fellas that started in an All-Ireland for the first time. We had two fellas who came on in that game so that was 13 fellas playing in their first All-Ireland final. So in many ways you'd have said, 'this is great' because you're getting another shot at it, another opportunity to build on it."