KILDARE Minor football manager Bryan Murphy is a laid back sort of guy but one who takes his football very serious and following Kildare’s win over Louth on Saturday in the quarter final he gives little away as to his thoughts.
“We had a job to do and did and I’d like to congratulate the lads on that, I suppose it was a ropey second half but they did what they had to do and we responded every time they got a score so I have to be happy with that, although I wouldn’t be happy with conceding two goals.”
Kildare had a few ding battles with Dublin recently and Murphy says he is delighted to have the opportunity to meet up against them once again. “It stands at one apiece at the minute so we will get an opportunity to see how we have progressed against them since that.”
Asked if Kildare lads showed complacancy in the second half, Murphy responded by saying that in fairness Louth did a demolition job against Westmeath the last day and Westmeath by our reckoning are not a bad side so we were expecting them to come back at us at some stage in the second half and while the two goals were definitely disappointing but to be fair Louth have worked every bit as hard as we have and they were never just going to throw in the towel.”
Kidare got a wonderful start with those two Paddy Brophy goals but Murphy was anxious, as ever, to stress that it is all about the team, not about individuals.
“Today it was Paddy Brophy who got the goals, tomorrow, hopefully some one else, it doesn’t bother me who gets the scores as long as we get them, it’s all about keeping the score board ticking over and to be fair we did that today and I’m happy with that and in particular we responded to Louth when they got those second half goals, we immediately hit back so that is indeed very positive.”
We worked very hard, our tackle count was good throughout so we can ask no more, a quarter final is always a dodgy one.
Asked about the break now for the exams Bryan Murphy confirmed they have a seven week break for the exams, stressing that these (exams) are the most important thing now over the next few weeks but we will have a look at what we did during the break last year and hopefully we have learned a few things from that; we’ll talk to the lads, come up with a plan that suits everyone and then get back at for the the Dublin game once the exams are out of the way.” –Tommy Callaghan