Tuesday 21 October 2014

‘If Gooch is a two-trick pony, Martin McHugh must be a jennet’ – players react to pundit’s claim

Published 04/08/2014 | 13:06

Colm Cooper was described as a 'two-trick pony' by The Sunday Game analysts Martin McHugh
Colm Cooper was described as a 'two-trick pony' by The Sunday Game analysts Martin McHugh

The reaction to the comments made by Martin McHugh on The Sunday Game last night in relation to Colm Cooper has caused quite the stir, particularly among current and former players.

Kerry advanced to a semi-final meeting with Mayo after proving far too strong for Galway, with James O’Donoghue continuing his rich vein of form this championship campaign.

Many observers felt the loss of the Gooch would derail their All-Ireland ambitions, but O’Donoghue has stepped up to the mark and has collected two man-of-the-match awards in Kerry’s three championship outings to date.

After dissecting the match on The Sunday Game last night, McHugh not only lavished praise on the Killarney Legion player, but also described Cooper as a “two-trick pony.”

The comment drew widespread commentary online with present and former players adding to the disbelief surrounding the controversial statement.

“If Gooch is a two-trick pony, Martin McHugh must be a jennet,” former Kerry team-mate Michael Quirke tweeted today.

Here is a flavour of the reaction.

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