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Kingdom response pleases O'Donoghue
30 Jul 2014 14:02
James O’Donoghue feels Kerry responded to those within and outside the Kingdom with the manner of their Munster final win over Cork.
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Kerry were utterly dominant in seeing off the challenge of a toothless Cork side, and will now face Galway in the All-Ireland quarter-final in Croke Park on Sunday next.
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O’Donoghue suggested the performance would have come as something of a surprise to those who had doubted this year’s Kerry panel.
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“You’ve a great chance against anyone. Especially if you’re Kerry, like" - James O'Donoghue
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“A lot of people kind of wrote us off and didn’t think we were going to be maybe as good as we were,” O’Donoghue told RTÉ Sport.
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“We struggled against Clare, but we changed a few things around and did well against Cork. So maybe [we’ll] change a few more things around for the quarter-final and [we can] hope to improve again.”
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“We know ourselves that we’re a strong group. We work very hard, we’re very tight with each other.
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“If you work hard and you get a bit of luck on the day, I think, you’ve a great chance against anyone. Especially if you’re Kerry, like.”
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He admitted that Kerry needed the win against Cork after a relatively inconsistent few months. The Kingdom failed to inspire in the Allianz League and struggled for long periods in their championship opener against Clare.
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The manner as well as the fact of the win over perennial rivals Cork buoyed Kerry supporters as well as the team, O’Donoghue suggested.
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“We needed a win to get under the belt, for everyone,” he said.
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“It’s been a bit of a tough journey for the last couple months. Even people down in Kerry maybe thought that ‘This team isn’t going to give us anything this year'.
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“So, to win against Cork, get people’s enthusiasm back up; it’s important. Even that little word on the street, you know, of ‘Well done lads’, it’s a bit of positivity, and I think that the young fellas really thrive on that.”
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