Saturday 20 January 2018

WATCH - 'Galway v Kildare was the dullest fare imaginable' - Joe Brolly slams Division Two decider as 'very turgid'

Johnny Heaney of Galway watches his shot at goal during the Allianz Football League Division Two Final between Kildare and Galway at Croke Park yesterday
Johnny Heaney of Galway watches his shot at goal during the Allianz Football League Division Two Final between Kildare and Galway at Croke Park yesterday
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Joe Brolly took aim at Galway and Kildare for the quality of their National League Division Two decider yesterday at Croke Park.

The Tribesmen were two-point winners over the Lilywhites in a game that produced 34 points (0-18 to 0-16) but the outspoken pundit was far from impressed.

The game developed a structure where the ball was transitioned from defence to attack before both sides tried to break down a mass defence after it had formed.

It resulted in a lot of handpassing and lateral kickpassing and Brolly was clearly frustrated.

Speaking on Allianz League Sunday on RTE, he said: "That game today was a very turgid, very dull game. Eamonn Sweeney memorably said watching modern gaelic football was like watching sufferers of obsessive compulsive disorder.

"Slowly moving the ball out of their defensive area. Handpass, handpass. Come to the periphery of the mass defence, now try and work it, pass it around, pass it around.

"It was the dullest fare imaginable.

"If they want to play that way, that's fine

"Kildare couldn't push on at the end of the game to get the scores they needed because they don't know how to.

"They were still kicking short kickouts, they were still working it forward slowly.

"At no stage today was the ball kicked from defence to attack.

"The first long ball was kicked on 64 minutes and 40 seconds.

"I'm talking about a culture fear that will mean they won't win anything. It was a terribly sterile experience for everyone who was there.

"That was unbelievable tedious. It was like watching a cricket match."

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