Monday 22 October 2018

'They are playing abysmal, defensive football' - Joe Brolly not a fan of Carlow's style of play

25 March 2018; Gary Walsh of Laois shoots to score his side's first goal of the game under preasure from Danny Moran and Daniel St Ledger of Carlow during the Allianz Football League Division 4 Round 7 match between Carlow and Laois at Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
25 March 2018; Gary Walsh of Laois shoots to score his side's first goal of the game under preasure from Danny Moran and Daniel St Ledger of Carlow during the Allianz Football League Division 4 Round 7 match between Carlow and Laois at Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Carlow's promotion to Division Three of the National Football League was one of the stories of the campaign for many but Joe Brolly has taken issue with their 'horrific' style of play.

Turlough O'Brien's men won six games out of seven in Division Four to book a place in the league final and last year were the only team to hold Dublin goalless in the championship in the Leinster quarter-final.

However, Brolly thinks that their achievements have been built by playing a negative brand of football, and pointed to last Sunday's defeat to Laois - who they will play in Saturday's Division Four final - as evidence.

"Carlow are playing abysmal, defensive football," Brolly said on The Throw-In, Independent.ie's GAA podcast in association with Allianz.

"They have been promoted and they are meeting Derry on the way down so I can't really be on my high horse!

"It's horrific stuff. Look at them against Laois last weekend, over 75 minutes they scored one point from play."

Brolly added that he feels that Carlow have enough quality footballers to implement a more offensive game plan, which in his view, could still see them succeed in the higher division.

"There is a classic example of a team who have no attack/defence balance," he said.

"Carlow have a lot of good footballers and they need to get the balance right and if they do, I think they would be able to survive in Division 3 next year."

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