Around 6.15 pm last Friday Dr Crokes’ historic voyage came to an end with the Andy Merrigan Cup safely in their grasp. Captain Johnny Buckley had spoken about the journey of the last 15 months.
In truth they all knew it had been longer - a full 25-year wait to emulate the Men of ‘92.
A generation ago, Dr Crokes had first won this All-Ireland senior club title.
Buckley’s father Mike had played in that winning team that beat Thomas Davis.
So too had his manager Pat O’Shea.
Selector Harry O’Neill had spoken in advance of the contributions that group of players were still making to the club.
All the talk in the build up to this game was of records. Could Dublin equal Kerry's 84-year record? Is this Dublin team one of the greatest of all time? It was Dublin this and Dublin that and our friends in the National media did little to dampen the talk of Dublin's greatness. Now there's a surprise!
Yet after the game it was Kerry that set the pulses racing with a young inexperienced team that played with such passion and fire. With a little bit more experience and composure they would surely have won the game.
After 2 wins on the trot, the Kerry senior ladies came unstuck when a decent Galway side defeated them by 2 points.
While away games are always notoriously difficult to win, Kerry will look back on this game as one that they certainly left behind them.
Unfortunately, old bad habits came back to haunt them, and the concession of two soft goals in the 39th and 40th minutes of the game were body blows to their aspirations, as Kerry had built up a healthy 4 point lead at that stage of the second half.