Thursday 17 October 2019

'I've never seen anything like that' - Brian Cody unimpressed with Greg Kennedy's 'bizarre' intervention

Dublin selector Greg Kennedy and Kilkenny manager Brian Cody exchange views during Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 1 match between Kilkenny and Dublin at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Dublin selector Greg Kennedy and Kilkenny manager Brian Cody exchange views during Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 1 match between Kilkenny and Dublin at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Frank Roche

Brian Cody has voiced his displeasure over the “bizarre” intervention of Dublin selector Greg Kennedy, who caught a short TJ Reid free intended for a Kilkenny colleague during tonight’s Leinster SHC clash at Nowlan Park.

Standing over a free near the ‘D’, late in the first half, Reid eschewed a tap-over score and instead tried to locate unmarked teammate Billy Ryan. Whereupon Kennedy, who was on the pitch as Dublin’s ‘runner’, intercepted the attempted pass.

Even though referee Cathal McAllister spoke to Kennedy and then ordered a retake, which Reid fired over, the flashpoint caused consternation in the stands – and the veteran Kilkenny boss was none too pleased either.

Asked about the incident afterwards, Cody said: “Well, I’d say even people who are longer involved in the game than I am haven’t seen it, so I certainly haven’t seen it before. I know Greg Kennedy played a fair bit at corner-back but tonight it was a bizarre thing to do.”

He added that “of course I was unhappy” because Reid had spotted his unmarked teammate before Kennedy intervened. 

“TJ could have tapped it over the bar obviously, but he was thinking ‘goal opportunity’ because it was a goal opportunity and that happened, so I wasn’t happy about it, no I wasn’t.”

Asked if there had been any contrition from the Dublin camp afterwards, Cody replied: “What happened after the match, I’m not even remotely interested in that. If they were or whatever, that’s between themselves and ourselves.”

His Dublin counterpart, Mattie Kenny, said he didn’t see the incident because he had presumed it was a tap-over free and he was talking to his half-forwards, trying to get them in position for the ensuing puckout.

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Kenny continued: “I didn't see it but, look it, I know Greg a long, long time. I was just talking to him there; the whistle hadn't gone he was going off the field. The ball was coming over his head, he told me it was just kind of a reaction thing. 

“Greg is a real top-class sports guy. He's very competitive but one thing about him, he wouldn't do anything like that deliberately and he assured me it was just a reaction when the ball came over his head.”

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