Tuesday 12 December 2017

Tomás Ó Sé shoots down Joe Brolly's assertion that Kerry are the 'new Donegal'

Diarmuid Connolly of Dublin and Peter Crowley of Kerry react to Connolly's late point
Diarmuid Connolly of Dublin and Peter Crowley of Kerry react to Connolly's late point

Harry Clarke

Despite their two-point defeat against Dublin, Tomas Ó Sé believes yesterday's performance by Kerry is enough proof to shoot down Joe Brolly's assertion that the Kingdom are the "Donegal of the south".

In his Irish Independent column today, Ó Sé argued that it was no shame Kerry being beaten by this clinical Dublin team.

Sunday Independent columnist Brolly branded the Kingdom the 'new Donegal' recently, but Ó Sé says yesterday's performance by Eamonn Fitzmaurice's men has emphatically dispelled that arguement.

"I had to laugh at Joe Brolly when he said Kerry were the new Donegal or the Donegal of the South. I think yesterday's performance made a hames of that argument," said Ó Sé on tonight's Off The Ball on Newstalk.

"I was kind of worried that Clare, Tipp, Clare wasn't ideal preparation in my eyes. But the Dubs would set anyone on fire. We (Kerry) got a great performance yesterday and it was just disappointing."

Although Ó Sé admits that, overall, Dublin were the better team, he says the difference in the end was down to the clinical finishers in the blues jerseys.

"That was some game of football because it was literally up and down and even the last five minutes of added time, which was crazy, you didn't really know which way it was going to go.

"To be fair to the Dubs they picked off the scores. McManamon and Connolly. Connolly kicked three scores from play there yesterday. People are saying that Crowley did well, he did well. There are, I would say, two footballers in the country who could kick the quality of the scores that he (Connolly) did yesterday.

"He went past two players and kicked it on the run from 45 yards out. It was as good a score I have seen in a long, long time.

"They have these players who can do special things. You have to take your hat off to them. I have no doubt in my mind that they are the greatest Dublin team of all time. I won't go as far as to say they are the greatest team of all time but they are up there with the best of them."

Ó Sé added that he want to see Kerry boss Fitzmaurice carry on in his role as Kingdom manager.

"I would love to see Eamonn Fitzmaurice stay on with Kerry. He is an unbelievable, passionate guy. He is Kerry to the core. He has done it on the pitch and the players have the utmost respect for him.

"Tactically, despite what people think, he is actually a very very astute manager. I thought he got his tactics right yesterday, he went for it as much as possible."

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