Sunday 19 November 2017

Eugene McGee: McGeeney's rebuilt unit riddled with fault lines

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

It was a sight I have not seen for quite a while -- Kildare followers leaving St Conleth's Park in droves with nearly a quarter of an hour left to play. They were witnessing the most shattering defeat they have had to endure in the McGeeney era, even worse than losing to Wicklow in the championship in 2008.

On that occasion, the word was that Kildare were only starting a rebuilding process and that it was a freak result. But yesterday, after two successive All-Ireland quarter-final appearances, Kildare are no longer rebuilding. Apart from the chimney, the Kildare house is all but finished as far as players are concerned. No wonder the fans are worried.

Of course there are excuses because the GAA is never short of these when a team loses. The loss of several players suspended from the recent Laois game is an easy escape route, but that will not cod many genuine Kildare followers who know their football.

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