Eamonn Fitzmaurice on James O'Donoghue: "He's a special talent"

Kerry beat Cork on Sunday to win the Munster Championship

BY Simon Maguire 17:05 Sunday 2 July 2017, 17:05 2 Jul 2017

Eamonn Fitzmaurice. Image: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice was pleased with his side's display after they beat Cork by 1-23 to 0-15 in Killarney on Sunday.

Over 30,000 fans crammed into Fitzgerald Stadium to witness a relentless display from the home side as they cantered to an eleven point win. 

Speaking to Newstalk Sport's Oisin Langan after the match, he said: "Yeah, any day you win a Munster Championship, in the end I suppose relatively comfortably, you have to be happy.

"We prepared very well for the game and we made sure ourselves within the group we were in a good place as well and we're just delighted know to have won the game and to be Munster champions, number one, and obviously heading for Croke Park and the quarter-finals which is a huge carrot for us."

"In a big game like a Munster final, you have to be at it from the off and both teams were anxious to get a good start and thankfully for us it worked out that we got a better start and something to build on straight away."

Fitzmaurice was particularly happy for James O'Donoughue who has put a torrid time with injuries behind him. "To be fair to him he's been very unlucky with injuries. The last couple of years he hasn't really been able to get a run of training and of games going whereas this year he has.

"He's worked very hard the other years when he was injured and he had to do an awful lot of lonely rehab work. He worked ferociously hard as well. The big difference this year is that his body's good, there's been a lot of football played and, you know, the rest takes care of it self because he's a special talent and thankfully we're getting to see more and more of him this summer," he added.

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