Two Mile House’s epic Intermediate journey came to a disappointing end on Sunday afternoon as they fell to Kilcummin of Kerry.
The fact that there was only a point between the sides will only make the next few months all the tougher for Niall Browne and his players.
It was a game not without controversy as Captain and Kildare star Peter Kelly received a black card and while Browne admits he didn’t see the incident he wasn’t laying any blame.
“It’s very disappointing as I felt we had the measure of them particularly in the first fifteen minutes and then Peter Kelly got the black card and while I didn’t see the incident, technically it was a blow but also emotionally for the lads”.
“For fifteen minutes then our lads dropped the heads and that’s when we lost the game because from then on in we actually outscored them”.
“There was a period where they scored five on the bounce maybe and that was the winning and losing of it so that’s disappointing as we didn’t show enough bottle in that period”.
As big a blow as the Kelly incident was and as influential a player he is it was more his leadership qualities that the Kildare Intermediate Champions seemed to miss the most.
For the Two Mile House boss he thought they could have reacted to the Kilcummin red card a little better aswell.
“Peter Kelly organises things so well around the middle of the field so you cant underestimate the loss he was as he is like a coach on the field and he was also breaking the line very well in causing them a lot of problems and when he went off we had to rejig things and we had Shane Darcy come in so we had a plan in place but Peter is a once in a generation footballer for us so he was a huge loss and again that ten minute period where we dropped the heads and got emotional was a killer”.
“To be fair to the boys though I was happy with the way they responded from then on in as they showed plenty of character. We were two down and clawed it back but we’ve no complaints at all”.
“A sending off is a mentality thing and we knew when Peter went we had to give it everything so they would have been exactly the same”.
“It’s difficult to get word onto the field and we didn’t go man on man and if we did that we may have got more joy but we just sat back a bit too much and invited them on and when you are down a man and the other team sits back it doesn’t really make any difference because you always have that out ball and that’s disappointing”, Browne admitted.
The future remains very bright for Two Mile House but there is no getting away from the feeling that this was a glorious opportunity that just passed them by.
“It’s hard to think of positives here and now as there was an All-Ireland there for the taking and I genuinely believe it and I felt that way from the first meeting last year”.
“I thought we would win today and the way we played in the first ten minutes proved that as we were flying and it looked like we would put up a serious score and move away from them so right now its hard to think of the future but obviously the boys have done well and are up as a Senior Club but it wont be easy now as everyone will be licking their lips to get a crack at us and it’s a huge step up”.
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