Friday 23 June 2017

'The ball was always in the net' - Joe Brolly reckons Colm Cooper got the better of Stephen Cluxton

3 August 2009; Colm Cooper, Kerry, celebrates scoring his side's first goal past Stephen Cluxton, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
3 August 2009; Colm Cooper, Kerry, celebrates scoring his side's first goal past Stephen Cluxton, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
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Joe Brolly has heaped praise on Colm Cooper's goal-scoring ability - throwing in a cheeky dig at Stephen Cluxton's expense in the process.

As first reported in this morning's Irish Independent, the Kerry legend has retired from inter-county football, with Brolly joining Today with Sean O'Rourke to look back on Cooper's career.

One thing that Brolly praised effusively was Cooper's ability to find the net - especially against Dublin, with the eight-time All Star scoring goals past Cluxton in 2009 and 2011.

"One of the particular delights was the way he took goals and often they were hilarious," Brolly said.

"They were unexpected like George Best or Peter Canavan. The goalkeeper rarely moved. For example, he had no regard for Stephen Cluxton and on any opportunity when he faced him 1 on 1 the ball was always in the net."

Brolly also marvelled at Cooper's playmaking ability, with his passing accuracy and propensity to evade defenders with a beautiful dummy standing out to the Sunday Independent columnist.

"He would deliver a ball like a butler on a silver platter," Brolly said.

"The other thing was the deftness of touch, so that he would deliver the ball to his colleague's advantage. He could bounce it in front of him, he could put it in his chest. It was a thing of beauty.

"I coach a series of dummies with my underage teams and we have the Owen Mulligan and the Colm McFadden, but the Colm Cooper is impossible to coach.  Of all the years I've spent watching football, I still can't figure out what he was doing."

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