"We really threw everything at Kerry" - Kevin McManamon reflects on Dublin's semi-final win

Jim Gavin's side were two point winners this afternoon in Croke Park

 Kevin McManamon

Image: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Kevin McManamon admits that half-time offered Dublin the perfect chance to regroup after a turbulent period saw them concede two goals before the break during today's All-Ireland football semi-final clash with Kerry.

Dublin trailed by five points at the break, but rallied to run out two-point winners over their Munster counterparts and book a spot in the final of the All-Ireland series. 

"We really, really threw everything at Kerry and there was some tired bodies in there so, we're delighted to come away with it," he told Sky Sports after the game. 

"Half-time was right on cue. We needed that reset to come back at it but we were calm enough at half-time. It's been said before, what do you do when goals go in? We just tried to keep our heads and stay in control. We did that and we were able to grind it out."

The game will surely go down as one of the finest the pair have shared, no doubt in recent memory. Eamonn Fitzmaurice's side looked to have figured Dublin out tactically in the first half but the capital came out strongly after the break and secured a historic comeback. 

 Kevin McManamon fights for possession during today's All-Ireland semi-final clash with Kerry. Image: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

"Yeah, I suppose it's hard to take stock and notice but there was such a fantastic atmosphere out there," he continued. "The noise by both set of fans. The toing and froing of the game, both teams just went head-to-head. We're delighted to come out and have one more match in three weeks time."

Asked what was the difference between the performances in both halves he replied: "It's hard to know. We just kept going and the balls kept going through the posts. There were probably a couple of key wides for the opposition at wrong times for them. We were delighted we were able to counter and get scores."