Having seen the game again, I would say that I consider that we are stronger than I thought earlier. Kildare picked the wrong options at times, if I was the manager, I'd have been pulling my hair out. They have got bags of talent in that team and with direction and some S&C work, they will be our next Leinster champions after we retire the trophy!!! Way ahead of the rest.
On the team, we looked shaky through the middle. Personally, I was hoping to see Fenton and his clubmate together in the middle but Jim took that away with his "like for like" sub. Con? Already been said, but I have to add, he's a natural, and is a certain starter from now on. My personal choice for front 3 next game would be Dean, Con and Berno. The great Kerry football man Mick O'Connell always said that he picks his 3 best footballers in the 13, 14 and 15 jerseys and without doubt that cannot be followed nowadays with the pace of the game, but the ethos holds firm. I think they are our 3 best scorers. Maybe Con to half forward and Paddy Andrews inside. But that's just semantics at this stage.
Not concerned at all about the penetration through the centre Kildare took. Some of our team are not near their peak. Especially the lads coming back to fitness from injuries/suspensions.
Mick Fitz took some stick for today too, I'd grant him a free pass for the moment. He has never ever let us down and don't think he will again this year, he's a class act, and with a fit Philly and Cooper beside him, we will be fine at the back IMO.
All in all, delighted with today. 7 in a row was unthinkable in the Lyons era. And that lingers in the memory and the reason I celebrate the provincial titles. The Wolfe Tones will need to re-record the line "but history was made, seven Leinsters in a row!" The hunger for more is in me, so I imagine the players have it ten fold.
Enjoy it all Dubs here on Ressers, we're in a golden era and a dynasty awaits... I love every moment of it. I invested a lot of years into my club and to have a lot of representation at this peak fills me with pride. Chest bursting pride.
Oh, and Jamesy's shoulder? He loves that shit, so do I! Booooom!!!