Saturday 24 August 2019

Brady hits out at Fitzmaurice's claims of Mayo gamesmanship

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney. Photo: Sportsfile
Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney. Photo: Sportsfile

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Mayo legend David Brady has labelled as "disgraceful" the comments of former Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice about the Connacht side taking gamesmanship to a "different level".

In this week's Independent.ie Throw-In GAA podcast in association with Bord Gáis Energy, Brady responded to the former Kingdom boss's comments, insisting that Mayo are not "street-smart".

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney claimed after Saturday's qualifier defeat to Mayo that not enough time was added on by the referee at the end of the game despite "10 or 11 head injuries". Fitzmaurice had said there was a cynical exploitation of the head injury rule when Mayo were ahead in games.

Brady, though, believes that Mayo themselves have been the victim of that rule.

"The whole thing about the 'street-smarts'... I think it was disgraceful from Eamonn Fitzmaurice to go down that line," said Brady.

"From a context of, if Mayo showed any sort of street-smartness they wouldn't have got themselves into a position of being four points up with 11 minutes to go and Armagh being in a position to equalise the game. That's what I call street-smart and Mayo didn't have it on Saturday night.

"From a context of a referee not adding enough time, that's not Mayo's fault either. There was certain circumstances where guys got, unintentionally, knees in the back of the head going into tackles, whether that was a Mayo or Armagh guy.

"But a head injury has cost Mayo in the past and I remember the likes of Aidan O'Shea and Cillian O'Connor in Limerick in 2014, they had to come off and weren't able to play in the most important 10 minutes of their lives."

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Brady added that Mayo's qualifier clash with Galway in Limerick on Saturday throws up "the best rivalry in the GAA right now".

He added that Mayo will need to be at the top of their game to beat their neighbours and qualify for the 'Super 8s'.

"Some things have never changed, no matter what team it is, no matter what team we're facing there's always a challenge and this is as big a challenge as we could have asked for," he said.

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