PETER Keane has acknowledged that the passionate support from the stand and terraces proved inspiration for his young Kingdom side that stunned All-Ireland champions Dublin in an edge-of-the-seat thriller in Tralee last night.
He said his players fed off the crowd as they registered a dramatic single point victory over their arch rivals with warrior Peter Crowley almost lifting the roof of the stand when he notched the sensational overtime winner in a 1-18 to 2-14 classic before an attendance of 11,982.
“You could feel the energy off the stand – you could actually feel the energy which has been fantastic,” the Kerry boss said as he reflected on a three wins from three start to his senior managerial career.
Keane added: “I suppose when it got so tight in the end, it could have gone either which way. It could have been a win or a loss or a draw. It could have gone any which way.”
He said his players were anxious to text themselves against the top team in the country and to learn from the experience.
Dublin manager Jim Gavin described it as a great game with both sets of supporters highly entertained by two teams really going hard at it.
“Obviously, our trajectories are very different; Kerry obviously have a lot of work done and fitness levels would be very different. But I thought our guys responded really well to the challenges that Kerry put up,” he said.
Kerry are joint top of Division 1, alongside Mayo, with six points, but Keane stressed that putting a proper structure in place on which to build is still his main priority.
“Of the 37 or 38 players around half were involved in the four-in-a -ow Kerry minor wins, so they are all young and they’ve all got a bit to find out. But fellas have been given an opportunity to put up their hand and some of them have certainly taken that,” Keane said.
Kerry man-of-the-match Dara Moynihan said while Kerry wouldn’t be getting carried away after the win, it was a great result.
“It’s always great to beat the Dubs at home and let them know we’re here,” he said.
He said Peter Keane told them beforehand to go out and “put in a performance” for the fans to show them they wanted to win and to show passion, energy and work-rate.
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