HIS 46th minute goal was straight out of the top drawer. What else would you expect from Johnny Doyle. He might have missed a penalty some ten minutes later but in the end it didn’t matter as Kildare held on for their third successive victory in the Allianz Football League Division 1, writes RUTH CHAMBERS.
“We’re a little bit disappointed with the performance. I suppose performance is the one thing you’d always look for despite the opposition. Obviously it’s great to beat Kerry and it is all about winning, that’s the object of the exercise,” said the Allenwood man.
Indeed winning is key and with three secured Kildare have enjoyed a superb start to the campaign, a start not many would have predicted. In all of Doyle’s years involved with the Lilywhites he doesn’t remember a better beginning to a Division 1 campaign.
“We probably haven’t ever had such a good run in Division 1 for as long as I’m involved. It’s very positive and it gives confidence to everybody. It’s all about the next day now though, which will be another huge game for us and we have to be ready for that..” he said.
Doyle added: “Winning breeds confidence and Kildare, over the last number of years, haven’t beaten the big teams and it’s only when you go and do it you realise you are capable of doing that. Hopefully these wins will stand to us and it certainly gives the young lads in the panel a bit of confidence.
“The young fellas have just come in and went out and expressed themselves and that’s what you want. They have gone out and shown what good footballers they are and that brings an energy to the rest of us both on and off the field. To be able to bring three or four lads that are 19 straight in to the team is very successful and it shows the work that’s been done at underage.”
Of course expectations rise with every victory. Initially survival was key but now Kildare can push on and push for the title and Doyle insists that was the plan from the outset, from the players point of view anyway.
“There’s always a lot of talk around Kildare. We always take one game at a time but we were confident and we know what we’re capable of,” he insisted.