Galway secured a huge 1-13 to 1-10 victory over Kerry today to kick-off their Super 8 campaign on a high note. For Eamonn Fitzmaurice's side, it was a disappointing day that saw them finish with 14 men after Killian Young was sent off for a strike.
Kerry trailed by a point with seven minutes left when Ian Burke and Young collided off the ball. Burke appeared to take hold off Young's arm and the Renard club man swung back. The clash was spotted by the umpires who alerted referee Barry Cassidy.
Speaking on The Sunday Game, Colm Cooper explained it epitomised Kerry's "frustration" after an underperformance. Ciaran Whelan also felt it was the correct call.
He strikes him. He lashed out on the back and he pulls his arm. You can't do it. It is in the back of the head. A lack of discipline kicked in. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong.
The panel went on to bemoan Kerry's tactics, with Whelan concerned that Kerry may not recover from today's defeat.
Tactically, Kerry are a bit of a mess. I don't know how they are going to sort themselves out.
'Tactically, Kerry are a bit of a mess' - The panel are bemused at Kerry's tactical approach against Galway pic.twitter.com/j0Y9O6z4Qs
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Kerry will now have to prepare for a huge clash with Monaghan next week in Clones without Young. That is a do-or-die affair for the Kingdom as a loss would almost guarantee they will not progress from the group.