The Kildare Hurlers were slow out of the blocks on Sunday afternoon in the Kehoe Cup semi-final and they were punished in the most severe way possible.
Antrim scored two goals within five minutes and three in a first half where they led by eleven points and that’s where Kildare lost the game.
It’s something manager David Herity is trying desperately to improve on going int the competitive part of the season.
“I don’t think the scoreboard was a true reflection of the game particularly the way we performed in the second half”.
“We gifted them a 2-1 head start and we had 1-1 conceded within five minutes so it was a sucker blow straight away”.
“In saying all that we were only six points down with five minutes remaining but again Antrim showed their class in pushing out the lead”.
“It’s just about staying awake straight from the off. It’s being the same way in the other games against Meath and Wicklow so it’s something we have to address”.
The Kilkenny man saw first hand the ability Antrim had and playing for seventy minutes against that calibre of opposition is likely to be high on his to do list.
“Unfortunately sometimes a team tries to suss out what the opposition is like before realising they are in a game and then kicking into gear but when you are playing the likes of an Antrim who are a big step up they can kill you off in those first few minutes while you can figure other teams out and then compete with them but Antrim just blew us away early on and unfortunately that was it for us for the rest of the game”, he said.
Despite the defeat there was still plenty of positives with a number of players getting their first outing of the year.
“The goals were unfortunate and Mark Doyle had a brilliant game against Wicklow meaning he was the reason that we were at this stage so I wouldn’t lay much blame there and he’ll know like everyone else that there is things to improve on and there was still a lot of positives there”.
"I thought James Dolan in his first competitive start was very impressive as was Caolan Smith who shone brilliantly up front when things were going against us".
"It was Ross Kelly’s first match in a number of years and Kevin Whelan was also back while the likes of Brian Byrne and James Burke really took the game to them and we have a lot of lads to come back from injury so I was very happy the way we came back in that second half after being heavily trailing at one stage".
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