“We treated him like men, like good men from Kerry” – Tim Murphy, President of Kingdom GAA
Kerry chairman Tim Murphy insists Kerry made the “right decision” in easing the delay to the SFC All-Ireland semi-final despite Peter Keane’s men’s loss to Tyrone.
The big favorites entered the match without having played for five weeks after being 13 days behind the original match date. However, Murphy offered no excuse after watching the Kingdom lose by the narrowest margins.
“We handled it like men, like good men from Kerry, and that’s the result of the game,” he said. “Unfortunately we (didn’t) come out on the safe side, but I think we made the right decision for ourselves and for Kerry and for the integrity of the competitions.”
And he insisted that Kerry wouldn’t offer the delay as an excuse.
“As Peter (Keane) already mentioned, we were focusing on two weeks ago, all of our preparations were made for this, then that was a week ago and it was today,” said he declared.
“Again, we’re not offering this as an excuse, but I guess we faced a situation that we had to deal with and we handled it accordingly.
“I think we facilitated Tyrone the best we could under the circumstances they were in and here we are today unfortunately we came out on the wrong side and good luck to Tyrone in the final.”
Murphy would not be shot at the future of manager Peter Keane, whose three-year tenure has ended.
“To be honest I don’t think this is something we’ll be talking about even tonight, there is raw emotion there and with all due respect to everyone involved, this is for another day, ”he said.