Joe Brolly: It was humiliating and Cork are dead for the rest of the Championship
Pundit says Rebels won't bounce back after heavy Croke Park defeat
Published 27/04/2015 | 13:39
Joe Brolly has accused Cork of "quitting" in their heavy Allianz League final defeat against Dublin at Croke Park yesterday.
Sunday Independent columnist Brolly had harsh words for the Rebels and even stated that their arch rivals Kerry would never fold the way Brian Cuthbert's side did as they went down 1-21 to 2-7 against Jim Gavin's rampant Blues.
Speaking on RTE's The Sunday Game last night, Brolly said: “It was so humiliating. I thought of the difference, for example, of Kerry compared to Cork. Kerry at their lowest ebb would never allow that to happen.
“Cork quit, and they quit so suddenly, just as they did in the semi-final last year. I think that that’s the end of them for this year.
“It was such a bloodless effort.”
Brolly added that the game was effectively over after just 12 minutes when the Dubs led by 0-5 to 0-0/
“They quit. You could sense it when a team plays without spirit. After 12 minutes the score was five points to nil and the game was over.
“I was at the ground. The game was over and it was very slack. The Dubs were able to do as they will. Now the Dubs were very, very good but they will look like that unless you bring war to them.
“The point that I’m making is that Cork are not Derry, Cork are a team with serious pretensions prior to today to do well in the Championship and they were coming here to test themselves.”
As for Cork's chances of bouncing back from this crushing defeat and launching an All Ireland title bid, Brolly believes there is no chance of that happening.
“You cannot put a positive spin on Cork’s performance. I believe they are dead now for the rest of the Championship.”
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