Sunday 25 February 2018

Colm O'Rourke has a serious issue with Mayo continually taking off Colm Boyle

Colm Boyle
Colm Boyle
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

It has become a familiar sight for Mayo fans, Colm Boyle being hauled ashore in the second half of a big championship encounter.

The wing-back dissected the Kerry rearguard in the first half before finding the net and made a number of puncturing runs before he got the curly finger in the 43rd minute of today's draw.

The decision to take him from the action perplexed many, with his replacement Patrick Durcan kicking the equalising point deep into injury time.

For Colm O'Rourke, Stephen Rochford needs to find a way to start all four of his attack-minded defenders next week.

"I have been asking that question myself (he he's being substituted) and I thought Colm Boyle had a serious influence on the first half. He drove forward, he got in behind and of course, he scored the goal," he told The Sunday Game Facebook page.

"It was very early in the second half when he took him off, he obviously wanted to get Paddy Durcan on the pitch and I would say that Paddy Durcan should be on the pitch from the very beginning and he kicked a great point.

"The problem is where do you accommodate (Keith) Higgins, Boyle, (Lee) Keegan and Durcan? I think they should accommodate one of those players in the half-forward line. It gives them more go-forward.

"We didn't see Higgins or Keegan making the same impact going forward. They were well tracked by the Kerry players.

"Higgins never got into the same positions he did against Roscommon.

"Boyle should be left on, he's the sort of player that inspires Mayo."

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