Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke rued one last "high, hopeful ball in" that saw David Clifford goal deep into injury time and deny them a place in the semi-finals.
A win would have guaranteed Monaghan’s place in the last four of an All-Ireland for the first time in 30 years, but they now face a daunting trip to Salthill in two weeks time where they will need a point to ensure qualification.
Malachy O'Rourke: "I thought we were in control of the game and played some great football..." O'Rourke rues that last high, hopeful ball in pic.twitter.com/6B0SSnQJBh— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) July 22, 2018
"I thought we were fairly well in control of the game and played some great football. We defended for our lives as well. We didn’t keep possession and Kerry scored from the last high hopeful ball in," O'Rourke told RTÉ Sport.
O’Rourke also bemoaned his side’s missed chances which kept the Kingdom in the game going into the closing stages.
"We probably could have been a bit more clinical. We played some great football but our converting of possession wasn’t great so there’s a lot of improvement in us as well," he said on Sunday.
O’Rourke is keen to put the late disappointment behind him and focus on that trip to Salthill.
"It’s the second of three games and we now have a third game against Galway and we just have to draw a line under this one as soon as we can and get ready for it."
Monaghan forward Conor McManus also expressed his disappointment at his side’s failure to secure an All-Ireland semi-final berth today.
McManus’ second-minute goal gave the Farney County a lead they would hold for over 70 minutes, but a first championship win over Kerry still remains elusive thanks to Clifford’s late heroics.
"We wanted to get off to a fast start, we needed to, but it just shows the quality that Kerry have that they came back at us and snatched a draw," the two-time All-Star winner said.
"You can never think it’s in the bag in an All Ireland quarter-final against Kerry. They just showed their quality there and then. Look it’s disappointing, but we’ll have to just dust ourselves down and go again."