If ever a scoreline did not do justice to the performance of the losing team, then this was it. A four point losing margin does not reflect the contribution Laois made to this game or tell the story that they should, and could, have won, or that they literally kicked the precious league points away.
The statistics will tell that Laois hit 14 wides, hit the woodwork three times, kicked numerous balls into the goalkeeper hands and dominated the game for long periods, as they failed to hammer home that advantage on the scoreboard.
The facts will say that when Kerry were most under pressure, they had to send for reinforcements with Marc O’Sé, Paul Galvin, Anthony Maher and Kieran Donaghy all called on to rescue the home side.
This was certainly the most encouraging display of the league from Justin McNulty’s side, and even though they lost in the end by four points, they can take many positives from the game even though they will, and should, be gutted for letting what would be a rare victory, and particularly one in the magnificent Fitzgerald Stadium, slip away.
See this week’s Leinster Express for full report and reaction