Also a great management performance. To be top of the league with two games left with Scully, McHugh, Daly, Carthy and Lowndes playing most of every game is a great achievement. One third of that team are effectively debutants (ok Daly has been around forever, but his actual game time is very limited, limited to All Ireland finals admittedly, but limited). Add to that O Gara, who isn’t a starter also playing most of every game, and you are looking at a team consisting of 8 or 9 regulars.
That might not pay dividends totally this year, but it will in years to come.
When Kerry look at this in the cold light of day, failing to beat a team with so many new guys, on their home pitch and in a game that they saw as really important, is not a good thing at all. While our managing a draw in those circumstance was very good.
When looking at the performances of the above mentioned guys, I think it is worth remembering the early years of Flynn, Connolly, O Sullivan and these guys. Most were on and off a lot at the start, and only became regulars in their mid 20s when they developed physically.