Thursday 8 December 2016

Joe Brolly: 'Wee Paudie wouldn't know a penalty if it bit him in the arse'

Published 05/07/2015 | 16:15

Cork's Mark Collins, 3rd from right, reacts as referee Padraig Hughes awards a penalty to Kerry
Cork's Mark Collins, 3rd from right, reacts as referee Padraig Hughes awards a penalty to Kerry
Alan OConnor, Cork, is tackled by Marc O Se

Joe Brolly may have been Cork's biggest critic before kick off in the Munster final today, but he was full of admiration for Brian Cuthbert's side after a dramatic match in Killarney.

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In his Sunday Independent column today, Brolly said that Cork are a great team when it doesn't matter but always wilt when the pressure is on.

But they put in a fine display to push Kerry all the way in Killarney and, in Brolly's opinion, should have won the game only for a "terrible" penalty decision against the Rebels.

"I can't tell you how delighted I am to see Cork off their knees. It was a brilliant second half performance... I mean Alan O'Connor's heroism," said Brolly on RTE.

"The thing that they showed today was courage, conspicuous courage... hard running and they suffered the affront of the penalty.

"Wee Paudie wouldn't know a penalty if it bit him in the arse. It was never a penalty. It was 100pc wrong in every way.

"That was very special in the second half and they'll feel that in the dressing room and they'll feel that chemistry and they'll feel what it's like to play with that sort of respect and Cork people ought to be very proud of their team tonight.

"I don't think it's their fault that they didn't finish it off. Terrible, terrible penalty decision.

"They'll go away from here feeling wrong but they feel in here (pointing to his heart) that they have shown their courage and they can show it again."

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