Friday 20 October 2017

'That's what they get for booing Andy Moran' - Joe Brolly on where it all went wrong for Roscommon

Aidan O'Shea of Mayo in action against Enda Smith of Roscommon during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final Replay match between Mayo v Roscommon at Croke Park, in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Aidan O'Shea of Mayo in action against Enda Smith of Roscommon during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final Replay match between Mayo v Roscommon at Croke Park, in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
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A dysfunctional kick-out and leaving their full-forward line isolated were the main reasons behind Roscommon's complete capitulation today, according to former All-Ireland winner Joe Brolly.

Three goals in five first half minutes ended today's All-Ireland quarter-final replay long before the final whistle.

Goals from Kevin McLoughlin, Andy Moran, Keith Higgins and Cillian O'Connor helped Stephen Rochford's men to a 4-19 to 0-9 game that they never looked like losing.

"That's what they get for booing Andy Moran," Brolly told the Sunday Game, referring to the jeers Moran received from a certain section of the Roscommon faithful in the drawn game.

The Derry native pinpointed the areas that cost the vanquished Connacht champions dear.

"It started with the annihilation of the Roscommon kick-out. It meant that Mayo were able to push up and run through. Their half-backs were able to attack, Keith Higgins was able to attack. They ran lanes through them," he added.

"The other problem is that Roscommon's two inside forwards were entirely stranded. You need workaholic forwards in that situation or, alternatively, runners through the middle but as it was, Mayo, once they got three goals in five minutes (it was over).

"It was a massive fillip. It's a massive boost for Mayo's confidence because they must have been very uncertain with the laborious way they were getting through games.

"But obviously they played under no pressure today, the big collision is yet to come."

Fellow pundit Colm O'Rourke said the game exemplified the vast chasm between the four All-Ireland semi-finallists and the other counties.

"If Dublin or Tyrone or Kerry did that to Roscommon, we'd say that's an All-Ireland-winning performance but there is always the caveat with Mayo because you don't know what's going to follow on," he said.

"For the first time I've ever seen, they were absolutely ruthless in front of goal.

"When have we ever seen them run up a total like that?

"They played like men with a new-found sense of urgency and it was a brilliant performance. We feel sorry for Roscommon because it's not nice to get a humiliation like that, they've made some progress but all it does is copper-fastens the vast gulf between the top four and the rest."

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