McGeeney relieved to get the job done


GAA:Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney heaped praise on Limerick after his side required extra-time to get over the line in the All-Ireland football qualifiers last night. Kildare were just seconds from being knocked out before Emmet Bolton popped up with a late, late score to force a 0-11 to 0-11 in Portlaoise.

And having earned a second chance, Kildare made no mistake in extra-time as they stretched clear to win 0-19 to 0-12. Afterwards, McGeeney was impressed with the attitude of his players but was quick to point to the quality that Limerick possess.

“It was a great game of football,” he said. “I suppose Limerick won’t get the credit they deserve. They’ve done it to Cork, they done it to Longford last week and they did it to us today. They play a lot of men behind the ball, they’re good at it. They keep the scores nice and low and it keeps them in the game. I thought they played very well.

“I thought we were a wee bit flat in the first half but we picked it up. It was still hard to get the scores but in fairness to our boys, they showed great character.”

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