Saturday 24 February 2018

Colm O'Rourke: Johnston affair places unwanted pressure on Kildare

A relatively easy task is now a complicated one for the Lilywhites, says Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

The meeting of Cavan and Kildare this afternoon is a game that should have been played yesterday evening. With two finals on television today, a lot of people will sit down for the afternoon who might have gone to Breffni Park last night.

Still, the match should draw a big crowd. Apart from the game itself, there is the Seánie Johnston sideshow and many will travel just to see if Kildare throw him to the lions. While various Cavan figures have lined up to deny there is any ill will, it will be a massive motivational factor for the Cavan players.

The football supporters in Cavan -- and they know and love their football more than most -- feel that it is a singular insult to a proud county to jump ship like this. If Johnston was working in Kildare, then things would be different but this young man has been very badly advised in this matter and has paid a high price. Cavan are not just any old county, they have a very proud tradition of winning and are working extremely hard to get back to past glories. The success of the under 21s is a reflection of identifying problems and coming up with solutions.

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