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Fitzmaurice revels in final victory
21 Sep 2014 23:11
Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice said the experience of winning his first All-Ireland title as a manager was just as sweet as the three he won as a player.
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“It is a lot harder on the sideline anyway,” he told RTÉ Sport. “I was a selector with Jack O’Connor in 2009 and it wasn’t a sweet as when I was a player but this is definitely as sweet as being a player. Nothing can replace playing but this is a sweet one.”
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Fitzmaurice revealed that Paul Geaney’s first-minute goal was the result of a deliberate tactic that paid off.
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“You have to try and have a surprise or two up your sleeve on the day of a final,” Fitzmaurice.
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“Paul Geaney is very strong over his head as well. We are fluid inside and that was a big thing that we worked on the last few weeks, not to be too predictable but still maintain our fluid game that’s got us here.
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“Kieran [Donaghy] was outstanding as well, which was great.”
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Fitzmaurice said a succession of second-half wides hadn’t made him nervous as he had told the players to shoot from distance.
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“We were creating the chances,” he said. We knew from watching the [Donegal v] Dublin game that we would get chances from distance.
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“We had agreed that we’d go for them and if we got them, we got them. If we missed them we weren’t going to be too worried about it.
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“We knew it was going to be a very tight game and there wasn’t going to be much in it in the end. Thankfully we came out on the right side."
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