Pól Quinn happy with West Kerry Teamwork

By Murt Murphy
West Kerry were in seventh heaven after this impressive and deserved win that saw them capture the Frank King Memorial Cup, but fittingly the calmest man in the dressing room was team manager Pól Quinn, who won lots of trophies himself as Darragh Ó Sé's midfield partner with An Ghaeltacht.
Quinn was delighted with the victory " We made good starts to both halves and I suppose we played in fits and starts and then towards the end because they are minors, they panicked a bit, they invited Mid Kerry on , we lost our shape a small bit, because they were five points up. But yes, I agree the good start to both halves was key, and the start we made to the second half was very important, as we kicked four unanswered points in a five minute spell and that gave us the cushion we needed"

Quinn admitted that forwards dropping back into defence in the final quarter was not part of the game plan "No we hadn't planned to drop players back, as we wanted to play fifteen man football but I suppose Tom Kavanagh and James Crean are only human and felt that they had to drop back and help out. I was trying to message in - telling them to keep their shape because in fairness our full-back line did very well. Our two corner backs were outstanding and full back Cathal Ó Lúing, what a big ask to ask an U-16 to play fullback in a county final and what a game he had"

PS Chorca Dhuibhne's Corn Uí Mhuirí helped the players to motivate themselves for the final but Pól Quinn explained that it was something that was not mentioned in the dressing room "It was not something that we spoke about in the dressing room but I am sure that the players spoke about it among themselves because they did not want to feel the hurt of a another final loss. Also the experience of playing in a Munster Colleges Final would also have stood to the side also as they would have learned from it and figured out what they had done wrong and what they needed to put right."

Quinn revealed that the attitude of the squad, made his job very easy "We made a deal in advance that all the players, conditioning and fitness would be done by their clubs so that when they came to us, we had no time nor was there any need for training as such. When they came in to us, we organized in house games and challenge games and we arranged some games outside the county. The most pleasing aspect for me was the style of football the lads played - its was traditional catch and kick football. We also tried to emphasize the forty yard cross field kick pass and it might not always have worked out but we tried to play the traditional game"

Quinn revealed that West Kerry used the month since the semi final playing challenge games outside the county against teams like Mallow, Clonmel and Douglas " We knew Mid Kerry or East Kerry would be playing games so while we waited around we played meaningful challenge games against the likes of Douglas and Clonmel and though we lost them, they proved invaluable. We also encouraged the lads to play with their clubs and play well so that we they came back to us, their confidence would be high. So that's why we encouraged them to play Co League over the weekend and though we were risking a injury or two sure that can happen in the warm up so I think our lads were in the right frame of mind tonight"

As for man of the match young Padraig Ó Sé , Pol Quinn had this to say " The one player that improved and flowered through the campaign was Padraig Ó Sé. In the first two games he was a bit subdued but over the summer, he has blossomed into a fine footballer and he was immense tonight. I think that he will have bigger days ahead in the Kerry jersey and if Eamon Fitzmaurice is not knocking on his door this year, certainly next year."

Peter Keane & Son  with man of the match Padráig Ó Sé