Friday 15 December 2017

'He can take selfies halfway through a game if he plays like that' - Tomás Ó Sé on 'ravenous' Aidan O'Shea

Aidan O'Shea put in a huge performance on Saturday, according to Tomás Ó Sé
Aidan O'Shea put in a huge performance on Saturday, according to Tomás Ó Sé Newsdesk Newsdesk

Kerry legend Tomás Ó Sé lauded the performance of Mayo's much-maligned talisman Aidan O'Shea in Saturday's nervy victory over Derry.

Last year's beaten All-Ireland finalists needed extra time to account for Derry in Castlebar and face a tricky trip to Ennis to face Colm Collins' Clare in round 3A of the qualifiers without the suspended Patrick Durcan and, most likely, the injured Lee Keegan.

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One of the big positives Stephen Rochford can take from last Saturday's win was the display of O'Shea.

Speaking on the Sunday Game last night, Ó Sé praised O'Shea, who was criticised by former Meath star Bernard Flynn for taking selfies while his teammates warmed down following a challenge game earlier this year, for his work-rate and quality.

"He's taken criticism for the last I don't know how long, a lot of people talk about him. For me, when you do it on the pitch that's all you have to do," he said.

"He was brilliant (against Derry) plain and simple. He worked like a dog all over the field. He caught ball at midfield, he was fouled for scores... I think every time he gets the ball he's fouled and more importantly for me, he went the distance and didn't disappear out of the game.

"Conor Loftus got man of the match but for me, this guy was head and shoulders above everyone else.

"He was ravenous, you'd allow him to take selfies halfway through a match if he was playing like this every night."

While Ó Sé did pinpoint positives for Mayo, their lack of composure in front of goal is a major issue.

Mayo had 16 shots and just one score to show for their dominance in a 27 minute period on Saturday.

When you compare that with the fact that Kerry took 17 shots before they missed against Cork, you see the problem facing the Connacht side going forward.

"If you don't score, you're not going to win an All-Ireland and that's why I don't think Mayo are going to win an All-Ireland," he added.

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