Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Down left to Kerry the can

Unlike their footballing brethren, the Kerry hurlers have endured nothing but heartbreak in the National League.

To date, they have lost six matches and have already fallen through the Division 2 relegation trapdoor into Division 3A

Imagine, then, the mood in the Kerry camp as the players prepare for the longest haul imaginable - to Ballycran - for a meeting with Down on Sunday.

Their hosts are only marginally better off than them, too.

Jim McKernan’s side have tasted victory just once in the league, a 4-18 to 4-10 win over Westmeath, having suffered some heavy defeats in their other games, notably against the two frontrunners Wexford (2-19 to 0-12) and Offaly (2-21 to 0-14).

It certainly has not been the most encouraging campaign for the peninsula men and McKernan is not prepared to seek comfort in excuses.

“We could say truthfully that we were without key players but at the same time the team you put out must perform. That’s why so much emphasis is placed on the squad sysrtem. Unfortunately, we did not perhaps have the strength in depth to ride out the problems that hit us over the course of the league,” acknowledges McKernan.

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