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KERRY manager Jack O’Connor expressed delight at the form of his new players after Sunday’s emphatic league win over Donegal in Killarney.
O’Connor told RTÉ, “I’m delighted with the attitude the lads showed out there. We worked very hard and that was key going into the game.
“Since the Armagh game we have definitely upped the ante a bit and demanded that a lot of the lads in there responded pretty well.
“We’re happy with being top of the league but our main aim going into the league was not so much to try and win it but to try to discover a few players.
“We have had five young lads who have settled really well into the panel and into the team in Peter Crowley, Brian Maguire, Patrick Curtin, Barry John Keane and James O’Donoghue, who unfortunately got injured that last week.
“That is a great bonus for us because it really strengthens our hand going into the summer.”
Donegal boss Jim McGuinness felt his side paid Kerry too much respect. “It is the first time it has happened to us in the last two years and we’ve got to take it on the chin, we weren’t 100% and Kerry were,” he said.
KILDARE boss Kieran McGeeney has lashed out at the failure of the GAA to ratify Seanie Johnston’s transfer from Cavan.
Johnston has told Croke Park officials that he is now resident in Straffan and ready to play for the Lilywhites but his proposed move has stalled again.
“It’s an appeal now,” said McGeeney after the league win at home to Derry on Sunday. “The appeals thing usually gives the same decision as Croke Park. The DRA at least is an independent body.
“People have their own opinion about it but he’s given enough things. It’s enough for the police, it’s enough for the banks, it’s enough for everybody else but not for the GAA.
“It’s their call. The fella just wants to play football. It’s very frustrating for him. It’s a wonder now because they didn’t look as close at a lot of other transfers between club and county around the country this year.”
McGeeney was also delighted to see Dermot Earley and Mikey Conway return in Sunday’s win after their recent cruciate ligament injuries.
“Both Dermot and Mikey Conway have come back from the injury. I did the cruciate once but to do it twice and be out of football for two years and be able to walk out on the pitch is an incredible achievement,” he added.
“I don’t think people out there appreciate what Dermot, and especially Mikey, did to get out on the field.”
DUBLIN hammered Armagh in the National Football League in Croke Park on Sunday but manager Pat Gilroy refused to get over-excited by the result against an under-strength Ulster side.
“It’s hard enough on Armagh when they are without the Crossmaglen boys ahead of the club final,” said Gilroy.
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