Wednesday 25 April 2018

'You can't fault him, which the pundits have been' - Donal Óg Cusack fears hurling punditry going 'same way as football'

Derek McGrath after Waterford's win over Cork
Derek McGrath after Waterford's win over Cork

Harry Clarke

Former Cork goalkeeper Donal Ó Cusack has said he fears hurling punditry is becoming too negative and is in danger of going down the same route as football analysis.

Cusack was on the RTE panel for today's All Ireland semi-final as Waterford hammered Cork 4-19 to 0-20 to set up a final clash against Galway on September 3.

Alongside Cusack was Henry Shefflin who was critical of Derek McGrath's tactics, particularly the use of a sweeper, in Waterford's win over Wexford in the quarter-final.

"I'd imagine Derek McGrath always dreams of the game being played that way. You can't fault him, which the pundits have been. There has been negative connotations all over the commentary and nearly touching...we are in such a dangerous time that we saw in the 2000s that there was a departure in gaelic football all we got from these seats was 'puke football', negative this, negative that.

"I felt during this summer, anything I did hear, we were on the cusp or at the danger of knocking someone in the exact same way football was knocked at that stage and I think today we all got our answer."

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