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Published 28/08/2011 | 05:00

Cute Kerry hoors get spake in first

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Kerry came to Croke Park last Sunday and did what they have done for nigh on 130 years: beat what is put in front of them. Certain grinning baboons in the media will highlight two things -- it was poor old Mayo who were beaten, and, again.

What they won't tell you is that the hoped-for dream team finalists (ie Dublin) have been pulverised by the same Kerry in Croke Park by margins as diverse as 17, ten, five, four, and 17 two years ago. Mayo compare quite comfortably with that sequence of slaughterings.

I bow to no one in my admiration and respect for Kerry. However, we are now aware that they don't like it up 'em. Tyrone and Armagh have shown that. Galway and Down in the 1960s did likewise. So when Jack O'Connor keened to the press about Mayo playing on the edge and sought to implant the referee with certain notions, I was disappointed.

The words 'Kerry', 'cute' and 'hoor' have a certain symmetrical magical ring about them, plausible even. The words 'Mayo', 'edge' and 'hard' don't have the same currency. In fairness to the official, Jack would have no complaint and neither could Mayo. Kerry beat them, not officialdom. But I got the distinct impression that if a Mayo player made a smelly enough fart then Mr Coldrick would award Kerry a free.

Eugene McGee, in his awe of Kerry, wrote that Kerry come to Croke Park, say nothing, win and go home. Right and wrong. Correct in the assertion of coming to Croke Park and winning, wrong in the saying nothing department. Kerry get their spake in before the matches. So Kerry reach another final . . . yawn. They vacationed in Munster until the semi-final. Mayo did the heavy lifting for them by taking out the one team that might ask serious questions of them.

Kerry are great. That their manager needed to scurry to the press with an unfounded fear of a clean and decent team should be a matter of regret. Perhaps Jack might assume some of the humility and fair play that Mickey Harte has displayed. Tyrone needed no protection from the officials on their journey. They were magnanimous in victory and defeat. If Kerry need protection from the men in black or yellow or whatever colour they wear, then God help us all.

John Cuffe

Fair play should work both ways

If I may refer back to the rights and wrongs of the Anthony Masterson case, we are all entitled to our point of view and these are my observations. Anthony Masterson said after the game when Limerick were awarded a late point that nobody seems to think of all the hours preparation away from family and a curtailed social life and it's very hard to take decisions like this.

Earlier in the game, after another incident took place when the ball flew in over the goalkeeper and was quite clearly a point, the umpire was standing there undecided. Anthony Masterson jumped up waving his arms furiously that the ball was wide, trying no doubt to influence the decision even though, and someone correct me if I'm wrong, he had no idea whether the ball was in or out. In that incident he showed a complete lack of consideration for the Limerick team who I'm sure put in the same amount of time and effort away from their families and social lives as Wexford. I am not anti-Wexford or pro-Limerick, I just like fair play.

Christy Ryan

Guardiola no angel on the touchline

While not condoning Jose Mourinho's antics in the recent Spanish Super Cup final, I feel the behaviour of Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola merits attention.

I watched both games and felt that Guardiola's behaviour, especially in the second game in Barcelona, mirrored the worst kind of Sunday morning amateur manager. He never stopped gesticulating on the touchline, sometimes wildly, appealing for EVERY decision and I feel his performance was an incitement to the Real players.

At one stage, just before the sending off, he was actually on the pitch, although I'm not suggesting the red card was not deserved, it was.

But Richard Sadlier [Aug 21] quotes Guardiola as saying, "we must be careful, because one day we will cause harm, not on the field but off, and we're all responsible for this." I agree with this, but feel Guardiola must look at himself and bear that statement in mind.

The truth of the matter is that over the two games Real were arguably the better team and should have won the cup had they taken their chances. They didn't and Barcelona did and won. But let's not castigate Mourinho and his players, without observing everything that happens.

Barcelona are a wonderful team, but they are not shy of cheating and spoiling to win a game. And as for fair play, the memory of Inter Milan players celebrating after knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League two seasons ago and having to avoid the sprinklers turned on by the defeated home team, lingers on.

Paul Mack

Sunday Indo Sport

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