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McMahon believes there’s room for improvement

Minutes after picking up his second successive senior championship medal, Kilmurry Ibrickane corner-back Martin McMahon was clear thinking enough to acknowledge that his team have yet to play to their maximum in 2009.
“If you want to be honest about it, any team that got to the semi-final could look back and feel that they could have won the championship this year. I don’t think it was a championship that we went out and we won convincingly,” McMahon said.
“Kilrush, Doonbeg and Kilkee are probably feeling that on another day they could have won it. Maybe last year everybody was saying that Kilmurry were the team. We are lucky to be here because we haven’t set the world alight,” he said.
Having hammered Kilkee in last year’s semi-final, Kilmurry knew that a repeat scoreline was never likely.
“It was never going to be 18 points like last year. Kilkee did it to us in 2005 and that was playing in the back of our minds.  That always stuck with us. The game was won and lost around midfield. In that diamond we picked up break after break. I even said to Gearóid inside, ‘you’re not winning many breaks around the middle’,” McMahon said.
His tussle with Gearóid Lynch was one of the games pivotal battles. “He gave me a little nudge for the goal. That’s my side to it anyway,” he said.
McMahon believes that Kilmurry kicked too early, into the wind, in the opening half.  
“In the first half we were probably trying to kick a ball 80 yards against the wind. It mighn’t seem like a windy day but playing up into the town, you’re not going to kick a ball 80-yards, while in the second half it was easier to kick down and the lads were out first,” he said.
“We haven’t hit the heights that we hit last year. We always say, ‘don’t peak too early’ but I don’t think we have peaked at all yet,” he said.

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