Eamonn Fitzmaurice: "Overall Cavan deserved at least a draw"

Cavan scored two late points to snatch a draw against Kerry

Eamonn Fitzmaurice: "Overall Cavan deserved at least a draw"

Kerry’s Tadgh Morley and Dara McVeety of Cavan at the final whistle. Image: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice was full of praise for Cavan after they held Kerry to a draw at Breffni Park on Sunday.

Speaking to Off the Ball's Dave McIntyre after the match, he said: "Similar to last weekend we got ourselves into a winning position and we didn't close it out so it's something we'll have to work on. But, I think overall Cavan deserved at least a draw.

"We didn't play well enough to deserve two points. I think we got what we deserved out of it and in a way we'll be happy to run out the gate with one point.

Kerry’s Barry John Keane scores a late point. Image: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

"They defended very well and our decision making seemed to be off. We weren't doing the right things in possession in particular but again you have to give Cavan a lot of credit for that because they worked very hard.

"They were very disciplined, they gave up very few frees and we ran out of ideas at times so that's definitely something we'll have to work on next weekend." 

Looking ahead to the their next match with Tyrone, Fitzmaurice said: "It's a huge game for both teams. Cavan can still catch us. I know the scoring difference is big at the moment but they can still catch us and if we lost the game by a few points and they'd a big win against Roscommon next weekend - we could be in trouble as well so we're still conscious of that. Any time Kerry and Tyrone play it's going to be a ferocious battle."