West Kerry captain delighted to hold Frank King Cup

By Murt Murphy for kerrygaa.ie
The late Frank King would have appreciated the football that West Kerry played as they claimed the County Minor Football Title on Thursday night at the Austin Stack Park and our late great Chairman would also approve of the man who accepted it, Dingle net minder Gavin Curran, who was West Kerry's excellent captain.
Curran was delighted with the win, particularly in the light of many of the sides Corn Ui Mhuiri loss earlier this year. So did this make up for that loss "It did - every bit of the hurt we felt was erased out there tonight. We had to put things right - we were not going to fall at the final hurdle again, not a hope in hell. So that drove the lads on that were involved in the Munster Colleges to make up for that loss by winning tonight and I am thrilled we did"

The skipper agreed that West Kerry did not play for sixty minutes but that the starts to both halves set up the win "We did not play for sixty minutes but that rarely happens to be fair. I think the month off meant that we came into the game fresh while Mid Kerry had two games and obviously they were not as fresh as we were. But we were training the whole time and getting everything ready and making sure that team morale was right. We also played some challenge games so our preparation in the build up to the final was top class"

Teamwork as the key according the captain " We all put our bodies on the line and most of the team were on that Corn Uí Mhuirí team so we all know each other play and we are all friends. We are very much like a club side and when one fellow gives out, the other will take note because he knows, it's from a team-mate and he knows it's for the overall good of the team. We play really like a club team and that is why we were able to beat Dr Crokes and Kilcummin along the way - because they are very good club teams and to beat them, you really have to play like them."

Curran explained that he could never relax in that second half when Mid Kerry threatened to score the goal that would have given them a lifeline " I would have saved that " Curran quipped " but seriously I was worried that if they got free inside our defence that they would have stuck it. Even if they had got a goal with five minutes to go, we could have been in trouble but luckily enough we held on. But the defence was outstanding in front of me and what can I say about Padraig O'Se. He was the one player more than most who wanted to put the memory of the Corn Ui Mhuiri Final behind him. He got a lot of stick over that game not alone from Cork people but from around Kerry as well. But he did not deserve it and he is a fine footballer and he proved that there again tonight. He controlled everything just like his cousin Tomas, has a cool head and showed everybody tonight what a class player he is"

Curran reveals that far from being the end of the season, it's only the beginning "Its back to training with the school now and preparing for the O'Sullivan Cup and Corn Ui Mhuiri. Then I am back in with some of the lads for Kerry minor training so there is so much to look forward to.
But tonight is sweet and I am delighted for Pol Quinn and the management team who did such a good job"