Saturday 21 September 2019

'It was bad management' - Sean Cavanagh slams Dubs boss for failing to move Cooper off Clifford after booking

Dublin's Jonny Cooper received his second yellow card and a red card for this challenge on Kerry's David Clifford in the All-Ireland SFC final at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Dublin's Jonny Cooper received his second yellow card and a red card for this challenge on Kerry's David Clifford in the All-Ireland SFC final at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Dublin's Jack McCaffrey scores a point watched by Kerry players, from left, Paul Murphy, David Moran and Shane Ryan of Kerry during the All-Ireland SFC final at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Sean Cavanagh has blamed Dublin manager Jim Gavin for the sending off of Jonny Cooper in the All-Ireland SFC final.

Former Tyrone ace Cavanagh insists Gavin should have acted sooner after the Na Fianna man picked up his first yellow card for fouling Kerry's David Clifford.

Cooper was then sent-off just before half-time for another foul on Clifford, leaving the Sky Blues to play the remainder of the game with 14 men.

"It was bad management from Jim Gavin. Cooper was walking the line," Cavanagh said on The Sunday Game.

Meath legend Colm O'Rourke claimed that the final was the best he had seen all year.

"It was a great advertisement in a poor year for Gaelic football," he said, adding that in the replay on Saturday September 14 "we've still a lot to look forward to."

Cavanagh, however, applauded Dublin for sticking with Kerry despite playing the majority of the game with 14 men.

"You have to give Dublin credit. Even at the end, for long periods, they were dominant. Dublin dug in at the end but a draw was probably a fair result," he said.

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Donegal star Michael Murphy praised Kerry's gameplan and approach to the final.

"Kerry manfully stood up to the challenge. That approach and the taking on of Dublin from the start, they definitely showed their intent," he said.

Former Dublin defender Ger Brennan, insists Kerry played close attention to Mayo's game plan against the Dubs in the semi-final.

"In fairness to Kerry, they learned a lot from Mayo in the semi-final in the press on the kick-outs," he said.

"In the second half it looked like Kerry had the legs. Dublin will consider themselves lucky.

"To play 42 minutes in a final with 14 men and draw... Dublin will have to happy with that."

Kerry legend Tomás Ó Sé claimed Kerry were much-improved from their semi-final win over Tyrone.

"From the semi-final, there was a huge improvement," he said.

However, Ó Sé insisted Jonny Cooper's sending off changed the game.

"Losing Cooper had a huge bearing on the game," he said. "Had they had 15 it might have been a differerent result."

On the performance of referee David Gough, Ó Sé added: "There was a lot of talk before the game, but I thought he handled the game very well."

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