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Kieran McGeeney with his Kildare players after the game.
Kieran McGeeney with his Kildare players after the game.
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McGeeney not drawn on future as Kildare senior football boss

The Lilywhites exited the championship tonight at the hands of Tyrone.
Jul 20th 2013, 10:42 PM 4,693 4

KIERAN MCGEENEY REFUSED to be drawn on his future as Kildare manager in the wake of their 2013 championship exit at the hands of Tyrone in Newbridge tonight.

For the first time during his spell as Lilywhites boss, McGeeney lost a qualifier match as his team lost by 1-11 to 0-12 to Mickey Harte’s Tyrone side.

McGeeney has steered Kildare to the All-Ireland quarter-final stage for his last five seasons at the helm and this defeat marks their earliest championship exit during his tenure.

But the former Armagh star would not be drawn on his future intentions with the side.

“Well it’s only a couple of minutes after the game. I wouldn’t say there’d be too many people making decisions now,” McGeeney told RTE Radio.

“I just think they’re a good bunch of lads. Everything has to be done what’s best for Kildare so everyone will look at that there and take it from there.”

In a tight and tense second-half, Kildare recovered from a five-point half-time deficit to draw level but could not hit the front as Tyrone finished stronger.

“We got back up there, the game was in the balance,” said McGeeney. “But we didn’t get the rub of the green. We dropped a couple of shots short, we maybe should have pushed ahead but that’s the way it goes.

“These fellas did very well to come back into it. Again just didn’t have enough to push over the line.:

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Tyrone see off the challenge of Kildare in qualifier in Newbridge

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