Sunday 22 April 2018

McMahon: You'll never get rid of cynical play

Gaelic Games

Philly McMahon. Photo: Sportsfile
Philly McMahon. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Dublin star Philly McMahon believes there will always be an element of cynical play in the GAA.

Both Dublin and Mayo have shipped some heavy criticism for some of the incidents in the closing stages of their All-Ireland final clash.

Lee Keegan threw his GPS unit in an attempt to put Dean Rock off when he was stepping up to kick his game-winning free.

Immediately afterwards a number of Dublin forwards hauled down their opposite numbers as Mayo attempted to take their kick-out with Ciarán Kilkenny subsequently black-carded. Cormac Costello also interfered with David Clarke's kicking tees in a hectic finale.


But McMahon believes that high-stakes sport will always see some form of cynicism.

"You're never going to get rid of cynical play," McMahon offered. "A player is going to do absolutely whatever they can - I would have taken off my jersey and thrown it at Dean Rock - to put him off, you know? So this is the game."

The Ballymun Kickhams man insisted that despite the fallout since the final, the game was no more cynical than previous encounters between the sides.

"No, I don't think so. In the last couple of minutes it came into it alright but throughout the game it was end to end, you didn't really have the time to do anything that was cynical.

"No, it didn't feel that way, it definitely didn't feel any more than what it normally is," McMahon added.

Irish Independent

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