Saturday 16 December 2017

Dubs now above Donegal in pecking order, insists Murphy

Donnchadh Boyle and Orla Bannon

DONEGAL captain Michael Murphy concedes that Dublin are the front runners for All-Ireland success after their demolition job of Kildare last Sunday.

Murphy branded Jim Gavin's side as the "team to beat" after they continued the excellent form that saw them rampage through the league as they stormed into the Leinster final.

"They were very impressive," said the Glenswilly man. "They have been the most consistent team of the year. They are merging the attacking game with a mean defensive game. They have both sides of the game ticked."

Elsewhere, Paul Grimley says he has not forgiven Joe Brolly for mocking his brothers on 'The Sunday Game'.

CRITICISM

The Armagh manager responded to the RTE pundit's criticism of his tactics against Cavan in the wake of the Orchard County's qualifier win over Wicklow. Brolly questioned Grimley's ability to be an inter-county manager and mentioned his twin brothers, Mark and John.

"I don't change my tactics because someone like Joe Brolly doesn't like them or thinks I shouldn't be here," rapped Grimley.

"The thing about pundits is, you're only an expert analyst if you're wearing the same shoes as the person you're criticising. Joe hasn't and it's doubtful he ever will.

"He has a right to say what he wants but he hasn't a right to insult people or mock them or make fun of members of their family.

"As far as I'm concerned, there is no line drawn under it, and there never will be."

Grimley insists he has more respect for pundits who have managed teams, such as former Ireland International Rules boss Colm O'Rourke. "I'll take criticism from people like Colm O'Rourke every day of the week," he said.

Irish Independent

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