Sunday 21 July 2019

Joe Brolly beams over Dublin-Kerry classic but laments Monaghan-Galway fixture as 'football as purgatory'

Joe Brolly (inset) was delighted with the standard of football served up by Dublin and Kerry
Joe Brolly (inset) was delighted with the standard of football served up by Dublin and Kerry Newsdesk Newsdesk

Joe Brolly hailed gaelic football as the best game in the world when approached and executed in the way Dublin and Kerry provided on Saturday evening in Tralee.

The Austin Park classic has whet the appetite for fans with a possible showdown later in the summer to come.

With both sides odds-on to land provincial honours, Kerry and Dublin's next meeting can only come in the form of an All-Ireland semi-final or final unless both qualify for the National League decider.

With both sides going man-to-man with as much emphasis on attack as defence, fans were served up a treat with the Kingdom eventually prevailing 1-18 to 2-14 thanks to Peter Crowley's injury time point.

"It was splendid. When gaelic football is played like that it's the best game in the world," Brolly told Allianz League Sunday on RTE.

"It was a riveting game of football and hats off to both groups of players because that makes it all worthwhile for the players, the supporters, for all of us watching.

"I was in Cusack's Bar after the intermediate final, we were drowning our sorrows with anyone supporting St Enda's, people were on their feet in the bar and in the last stages it was just a frenzy of excitement.

"A brilliant game."

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Brolly's reaction to Galway's one-point win over Monaghan in Iniskeen was very different and he has concerns about the Farney men's resolve after back-to-back defeats following their opening round win over Dublin.

"It was football as purgatory today. Monaghan will be very disappointed and Malachy will be concerned because that is the second week in a row they have been very lacklustre, unmotivated," he added.

"They've been on the road a long time now and today, there was no bite in their play

"The great tribute that you pay to Malachy O'Rourke over the last six or seven years is that it's incredible how those players have continued to stay motivated and fight tooth and nail for every inch.

"Today that was absent and I think they were flattered enough to be only a point behind."

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