Wednesday 22 November 2017

Tomás Ó Sé sums up the Diarmuid Connolly/Lee Keegan saga perfectly

Lee Keegan gets to grips with Diarmuid Connelly Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Lee Keegan gets to grips with Diarmuid Connelly Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Tom Rooney

Tomás Ó Sé believes that the furore surrounding the on-field rivalry of Diarmuid Connolly and Lee Keegan is completely misplaced, and that the duo are simply competing to the best of their abilities.

Over the past fortnight, one of the overriding narratives that have shaped the build up to today’s All Ireland final replay between Dublin and Mayo, has centred on the tempestuous exchanges between Keegan and Connolly.

Untold column inches and air time have been dedicated to the subject while the respective camps have sought to underplay the issue.

Indeed,  writing in today’s Irish Independent, Tomás Ó Sé claimed to have been exhausted by the discourse surrounding what he feels to be a non issue.

“There was a lot of talk about Lee Keegan and Diarmuid Connolly this week. I’m sick to the teeth of it at this stage. Jesus, there’s nothing malicious going on there other than two fellas trying to get the better of each other.”

Furthermore, the Kerry legend wrote that Connolly and Keegan were merely going about their business in a manner befitting of players seeking to secure an All Ireland title, and nothing more.

That said, he admitted that the dynamic of their dual may go a long way in deciding the ultimate outcome of the contest.

“Rules are always going to be bent or broken in football. The two lads live on the edge, and if you’re not on the edge you’ve no place in an All-Ireland final. And as such they are going to come to the attention of referees so I won’t be surprised if they are central to the story tonight.

“That’s the nature of it. To say one of them is a great lad and the other is wicked then that’s just a cock-eyed view and you’re too close to it. Just let them at it, I say.”

Read Tomás Ó Sé's full column here.

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