Saturday 25 November 2017

'Connolly is no saint either and the Dubs are giving out because he is not playing well for them - especially against Mayo'

Lee Keegan gets to grips with Diarmuid Connelly. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Lee Keegan gets to grips with Diarmuid Connelly. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Former Mayo forward Michael Conroy claims that Dublin are just moaning about Lee Keegan while ignoring the antics of Philly McMahon at the other end.

Keegan has been lambasted for the way he shut down Diarmuid Connolly in the drawn All-Ireland final. But Conroy says Dublin would be better off concentrating on their own game, because he feels they are well able to dish out punishment too.

"Lee Keegan is a three-time All-Star and the Dubs are talking like Diarmuid Connolly was hard done by," said Conroy.

"Lee has generally gotten the better of him the last couple of years. Lee plays it very fair and very tough, as does Connolly. They are just having one of the duels of the season.

"But these duels are going on all over the pitch - people are just homing in on Diarmuid Connolly because he has played a couple of brilliant games. People are now wondering why he can't get the better of Lee Keegan.

"Diarmuid Connolly is no saint either and the Dubs are giving out because he is not playing well for them - especially against Mayo.

"And they are not talking too much about Philly McMahon on Aidan O'Shea are they? Mayo aren't giving out about that. You have to be ready for a bit of rough and tumble.

"Lee doesn't need to be protected by the referee. Poor Sean Cavanagh touched the ball twice against him, but he didn't say too much about it, maybe because he realised he was beaten by a better footballer.

"Lee has played in front of a lot of cameras over the years and he has only been sent off once - against Kerry, which was rescinded the following week. He plays on the edge, which is what you need if you want to win an All-Ireland."

Conroy was a part of Stephen Rochford's panel until May, when he was released following his struggles to recover from shoulder and Achilles injuries.

Irish Independent

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