Friday 21 July 2017

'Horrible crap football which you can't watch on TV' - Ex-Kildare star gives scathing assessment of Ulster football

18 June 2017; Sean Cavanagh of Tyrone in action against Cian Mulligan of Donegal during the Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Tyrone and Donegal at St Tiernach's Park in Clones, Co. Monaghan. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
18 June 2017; Sean Cavanagh of Tyrone in action against Cian Mulligan of Donegal during the Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Tyrone and Donegal at St Tiernach's Park in Clones, Co. Monaghan. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Conor Neville

After Kildare demolished Meath in the Leinster semi-final in Tullamore there was a brief spike in optimism on the part of those who hunger for a competitive Leinster final.

These hopes have receded somewhat in the subsequent weeks after Dublin's absurdly one-sided victory over Westmeath and Meath's laboured victory over Sligo and defeat to Donegal in the qualifiers.

Former Kildare midfielder - and current horse trainer - Willie McCreery arrived with more cold water for the already flickering fire.

He told The Punter's Platform, Independent.ie's betting podcast, that he thinks Kildare will do well to register a single figure defeat to the Dubs - something no one in Leinster has managed to achieve since the 2013 Leinster Final.

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"I think if we stay within 8 or 10 points of Dublin we'll be very lucky," he said.

"We've beaten a poor Meath side. I don't like saying that. But that was a very poor Meath team we beat. They showed no resilience like the Meath teams of old. They just collapsed really and probably flattered us more than we needed to be flattered.

"I'd liked to have a hard game going into a Leinster Final to see where we stand. But that's just not the case this year."

As for the other provincial decider, McCreery reckons that Division 1 dwellers Tyrone will probably win through by a similar margin.

But he is pleased to see the old romantics' favourite Down back in the Ulster final.

"(Tyrone) play that terrible, horrible northern football and I think Down are a more attacking team. They're a nicer team to watch.

"But I think it'll be a big step-up and Tyrone will probably win by six or seven points.

"But it's great to see Down coming back because of all the northern counties, they actually play nice football whereas the other lads just play horrible crap football which you can't watch on TV."

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