Monday 19 February 2018

'The last minute of the game really was appalling' - Paul Kimmage hits out at 'cynical' end to All-Ireland final

17 September 2017; Lee Keegan of Mayo tussles with Ciarán Kilkenny of Dublin after the match winning score by Dean Rock during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
17 September 2017; Lee Keegan of Mayo tussles with Ciarán Kilkenny of Dublin after the match winning score by Dean Rock during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
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Paul Kimmage hailed Sunday's All-Ireland between Dublin and Mayo as a classic - but wasn't happy with how the game unfolded in the final seconds.

Following Chris Barrett's foul on Diarmuid Connolly in injury time, a number of unsavoury incidents took place: a GPS tracker appeared to be thrown at Dean Rock as he stepped up to kick the winning point, while a number of Mayo players were dragged to the ground as David Clarke attempted to restart the play in search of an equaliser.

Appearing on The Last Word on Today FM yesterday, Kimmage expressed his disappointment with the closing moments after Matt Cooper asked if the needle between the sides added to the occasion.

"I'm never entertained by that," Kimmage said.

"I hate it. That was my one fear coming into the game, there was talk that Mayo needed to get physical with Dublin. The last minute, I thought it was appalling. The last minute of the game really was appalling.

"The kickout, [after] Dean Rock scores. Clarke puts the ball down to kick it out and three of his men are being wrestled to the ground by Dublin players as he is trying to pull this game out of the fire. Now that doesn't happen by chance, that was a cynical act that was planned.

"It was really awful to see."

The Sunday Independent columnist was also critical of the incident surrounding Rock's free.

"The mentality to do that, to take something out of your shirt and throw it - where does that come from?," Kimmage asked.

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