KILDARE boss, Willie Sunderland, pictured, said after the set back against Derry a week ago in the opening round of the Christy Ring Cup that he felt his players were extremely anxious to put right what had gone wrong in Celtic Park, and he was certainly proved right.
And although it was not until the second half that the real improvement manifested itself never-theless the former Wexford senior selector was happy with his side’s overall display against the current holders of the Christy Ring Cup.
“Happy, particularly with the second half performance, we were scrappy enough early on where we could have went a few more points down” was the immediate raction of Kildare’s hard task master Willie Sunderland.
Sunderland admitted that the two points just prior to break proved vital. “The game seemed to be slipping from us a little at that stage but those two points were crucial and as I said to the lads at the break that came about due to them (Kildare) upping their work rate.”
There opening scores came from frees, we were standing off and our lads up front should have been working harder, that is something we promised ourselves but did not do until the second half.
Sundarland again emphasised the work rate and how much it improved in the second half right through the team but especially in the forward line.
“Last week a lot of our lads did not stand up the championship pace but today a lot more of them did and it proved the difference.”
The manager had high praise for Martin Fitzgerlad who suffered a bereavement during last week. “What a display following the week he has had, he was absolutely outsanding and couldn’t say enough about him, he was fantastic out there today and long may and the team’s display continue like that.”