Wednesday 22 November 2017

'I hope we see Lee Keegan go straight to him at the throw-in' - Alan Brogan hoping Connolly renews old rivalry

Alan Brogan wants to see Lee Keegan and Diarmuid Connolly lock horns again
Alan Brogan wants to see Lee Keegan and Diarmuid Connolly lock horns again
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Alan Brogan wants to see Lee Keegan and Diarmuid Connolly resume their grudge match in this weekend's All-Ireland final.

The pair clashed during last year's drawn All-Ireland final when the Mayo defender relieved Connolly of his jersey and Keegan was black-carded for a tackle on the St Vincent's man shortly after scoring a goal in the replay.

It was one of the most enthralling aspects of last year's encounters and Brogan would love to see more of the same on Sunday.

"I hope he (Connolly) starts and I hope we see Lee Keegan go straight to him from the throw-in. That's what we as supporters want to see, Diarmuid and Lee Keegan going at it again," he said

"They might not want that sideshow going on but I hope Diarmuid and Lee match up again and continue that great battle they've been having over the past number of years."

Connolly is a 1/5 shot NOT to start at the weekend with most observers expecting that Paul Flynn will come into the half-forward line instead of Niall Scully.

Herald GAA correspondent Conor McKeon made the point that starting Connolly could have a huge impact on how Stephen Rochford manages his match-ups for the game.

"People were talking about the performances of Paddy Andrews and Paul Mannion the last day and part of the thing that works very well for them is when the opposition gets down to doing their match-ups, they are being marked by the fifth or sixth best man-marker on the opposition team because of the standard of other guys that are there," he said.

"If Diarmuid Connolly starts the final, there is no way in hell he can be as prominent in Mayo's plans as he has been over the last few years when he has been almost the lightning rod for the Dublin football team.

"You have to put your best fella on Con O'Callaghan at the moment. He is playing the best football in the Dublin forward line at the moment.

"I'd say it will be Brendan Harrison."

Whether he starts or not, Brogan is expecting Connolly to thunder into proceedings whenever he gets the nod from Jim Gavin.

"Diarmuid is the type of character, maybe a bit like Mark Vaughan a few years ago, you tell him he can't do something and he just wants to do it.

"I think he is going to be coming in with a real point to prove. He obviously won't be happy with how the last couple of months have gone and how he was treated, right or worng.

"When he gets the bit between his teeth, that's when he produces his best form and for that reason, I think he is very dangerous animal for Mayo this weekend.

"If he does start, letting someone who is not in the top two or three man-markers for Mayo take him is gonna be a very dangerous ploy."

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