Tuesday 22 October 2019

Greg Kennedy incident 'lit the fire' to inspire Kilkenny to victory against Dublin - Brendan Cummins

Dublin selector Greg Kennedy and Kilkenny manager Brian Cody exchange views
Dublin selector Greg Kennedy and Kilkenny manager Brian Cody exchange views

John Morley

Dublin hurling selector Greg Kennedy made the headlines for all the wrong reasons in Nowlan Park when he marked Billy Ryan and caught TJ Reid’s short free in a controversial first half incident.

Kilkenny were aggrieved by Kennedy preventing a possible goal chance for the home side, with Brian Cody’s enraged reaction creating an incredible championship atmosphere.

Tipperary legend Brendan Cummins believes Kennedy’s actions helped motivate the Kilkenny crowd and players to an impressive victory on the opening weekend of the Leinster championship.

"I think the Greg Kennedy incident probably lit the fire," said Cummins on the Throw-In podcast, in association with Bord Gais Energy.

"It got everyone really angry and ratty and everything they needed to be," he added.

Irish Independent GAA reporter Michael Verney highlighted Cody’s reaction as the embodiment of Kilkenny’s response to the incident, as they began to charge back at Dublin.

"If you were a Kilkenny player and the supporters obviously got behind them, but when you saw Cody going after Greg Kennedy.

"If they were missing any bit of passion on the field you would immediately be energised by it," said Verney.

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Verney called the incident 'crazy' as the referee wouldn’t have allowed the play to continue while he spoke to Dublin defender Chris Crummy.

Verney’s colleague Donnchadh Boyle agreed that the play for a goal wouldn’t have counted but concluded that the move backfired against the Dubs.

"Ultimately, it was pretty harmless because [the referee] had his back to the play and he was never going to let it go ahead," said Boyle.

"The mood in the place turned and it was go back and redouble your efforts again."

Boyle concluded that the incident worked against Kennedy’s team in the aftermath.

"We’re probably too eager to hold things on moments like that but it certainly didn’t work in Dublin’s favour."

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