Joe Brolly: When the heat is turned up on Colm Cooper, he disappears. In adversity, he fails
Joe Brolly has heaped praise on Kerry forward Kieran Donaghy and again questioned those that champion the greatness of Colm Cooper.
The eight-time All-Star was kept well under wraps by Dublin corner back Philly McMahon during their All-Ireland Final defeat and writing in today’s Sunday Independent, suggests that it is a pattern for the Dr Crokes forward on the biggest stage.
“When the heat is turned up, he disappears, starting with that second half in 2002 against Armagh. Or that trilogy against Tyrone. Or the second half of the 2013 semi-final against Dublin when Cian O'Sullivan picked him up. Or 2012 against Donegal when he was entirely anonymous and looked like he simply gave up.
“Or last Sunday, when Philly McMahon was rampant and Cooper - as usual - went with the flow.
“My point is that he is not a leader. In adversity, he fails.”
Brolly has received criticism in the past for his criticism of the Gooch and argues that were it not for Kieran Donaghy, Kerry’s trophy cabinet in recent years would have been more bare. He illustrates his importance when arriving on the inter-county scene and even his second-half introduction against Dublin last Sunday.
“The first impossible ball Star won, he put the goal on a plate for Cillian Young only for Young to slip. Shortly afterwards, he was denied an absolutely clear penalty when a high ball came in and the Dubs panicked. Six points would have won Kerry the game and kept the Kerry Adoration Industry rolling. As it is, the truth is out there.”
Naturally, he turned the tables on Donaghy’s quip towards the pundit last season by finishing the article with the line: “What do you think of that Kieran Donaghy?”
Read the full article only in today’s Sunday Independent.