Friday 17 November 2017

'Sean Cavanagh is done' - Joe Brolly highlights the problems with Mickey Harte's Tyrone

Joe Brolly said Sean Cavanagh was finished on this week's episode of The Throw In
Joe Brolly said Sean Cavanagh was finished on this week's episode of The Throw In

Conor Neville

Tyrone may have trotted to victory with familiar ease in Celtic Park yesterday, but Joe Brolly has dismissed them as "no great shakes".

Not only that but he is adamant that their most celebrated player of the last decade is finished. At 34, Sean Cavanagh is entering the twilight of his career. There was wide speculation he would call it quits after being shackled by Lee Keegan in last year's quarter-final.

Speaking on Independent.ie's The Throw-In podcast, Brolly said Cavanagh is far from the player who used to decorate the championship.

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"Sean Cavanagh's done. For all the talk about his leadership, I mean he kicked frees. He wasn't an influence beyond that. I think he's done. We saw that in Croke Park last year when Lee Keegan took him to the cleaners. He was a great player but he's in his last year now and can't possibly perform the way he used to perform."

This is far from Tyrone's only problem, according to Brolly.

"Mattie Donnelly's out of position and was a peripheral figure yesterday playing at left corner forward. Tyrone's forwards showed very little imagination because they were getting the ball until too late. Certainly their defensive phalanx is very difficult to break down, but in terms of entertainment, there was nothing there yesterday."

As for Derry, their recent displays in both the League and championship have stirred up only apathy.

"I would say there were no more than a couple of hundred Derry supporters in Celtic Park yesterday. It was all Tyrone and you could hear that during the minor match. And the Derry supporters were few and far between and that speaks for itself."

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