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Tipp star Alan Moloney slams Joe Brolly and Colm O'Rourke for 'disrespecting' Tipp

Jackie Cahill

Published 28/07/2016 | 02:30

Alan Moloney has slammed Joe Brolly and Colm O'Rourke for laughing at half-time in the Munster SFC final. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Alan Moloney has slammed Joe Brolly and Colm O'Rourke for laughing at half-time in the Munster SFC final. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Tipperary's Alan Moloney admits that his blood boiled when he watched RTÉ pundits Colm O'Rourke and Joe Brolly laughing at half-time in the Munster SFC final.

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Brolly has since denied that he was in any way disparaging of Tipperary but Moloney was in no doubt the Premier County were shown the "utmost disrespect" by the pair.

On live TV, O'Rourke was asked for his assessment of first-half events in Killarney, where Tipp were playing Kerry, and he replied at the time: "It's a nice game but it's not a proper championship match in the context of a Donegal-Monaghan game, where every ball was fought for."

Moloney watched the game a few days later and says that he was appalled by the half-time footage. "When I sat down to look at the Munster final a few days later, it boiled my blood," said Moloney. "They showed total disrespect towards the players and football people in Tipperary.

"Maybe it was a private joke but if it was, they should have kept it to themselves and then to turn around and say that it wasn't a real championship game showed what they really thought of Tipperary football. Hopefully last Saturday quietened them for a while."

Moloney made a big impact off the bench against Brolly's native county Derry at Kingspan Breffni Park last Saturday, as Tipp advanced to a very first All-Ireland SFC quarter-final appearance.

And the 26-year-old Rockwell Rovers clubman admitted that it was nice to get one over on Derry, considering they had beaten Meath in a previous round.

Moloney said: "Joe Brolly is from Derry and Colm O'Rourke from Meath. Derry were able to beat Meath and we went out and beat Derry so Colm needs to be careful what he says from now on. Both of howed no respect at all but if we didn't win on Saturday, they would have been saying that we caught Cork on the hop in the Munster semi-final. Now we're starting to get the credit that we deserve."

Irish Independent

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