Friday 9 December 2016

Joe Brolly: Rebels my arse - Cork only ever play well when it doesn't matter

Published 04/07/2015 | 19:43

Aidan Walsh, Cork, competes for a kick out with Anthony Maher, Kerry. Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Cork v Kerry, P?irc Ui Chaoimh, Cork. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Aidan Walsh, Cork, competes for a kick out with Anthony Maher, Kerry. Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Cork v Kerry, P?irc Ui Chaoimh, Cork. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Joe Brolly has placed himself firmly in the Tomas Ó Sé camp, suggesting that Cork are only a brilliant team when it doesn't matter.

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O Sé was scathing in his criticism of the Rebels in his Irish Independent column last week and in tomorrow's Sunday Independent, Brolly pulls no punches as he describes the Rebels as "far too f****** nice for far too long".

Brolly writes: "It's high time they got off their knees today and justified their nickname. Otherwise, they face another decade of tea in the back room at half-time."

Cork face Kerry in an eagerly-awaited Munster Football final in Killarney tomorrow and Brolly sees nothing other than a Kingdom win.

"Since the demise of the 1987-90 team, Cork’s footballers have suffered from a lack of belief on the big stage," writes Brolly.

"Yet in the last 13 years, they have churned out fine minor and under 21 teams. Meanwhile, their Kerry neighbours produced nothing at underage until last year. Yet, in that time, Kerry have won six senior All-Irelands, including two crushing wins in finals against Cork."

While Brolly recognises Cork's All Ireland win in 2010, he does suggest it was a very weak Down team they beat in the final and they have done nothing since.

"Since then, Cork have continued to look brilliant when it doesn’t matter. Or as Darragh Ó Sé once put it to me, “They’re a great team in the league”.

Read Joe Brolly's full column in tomorrow's Sunday Independent

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