Cork legend, Diarmuid O’Sullivan has blasted some of the disgruntled Cork fans leaving Croke Park yesterday, calling them an “absolute disgrace”.
The Rebels came out on the losing side of a thrilling semi-final that saw Limerick come from six points down to win in extra-time, booking their place in the All Ireland final.
The Paddy Power GAA columnist says he confronted fans outside the stadium who were calling the team “bottlers”.
“I was walking out of the stadium after, there was two Cork lads there and they were having a right go. I actually had murder with them and I looked the two of them in the eye and told them they were an absolute disgrace. There’s no place for it, but that’s the world we live in. You can’t get away from it.”
“Unfortunately, that’s the way Cork supporters are and I’ve said it before, they’re very fickle”.
The former Cork selector also hit out at the management team for their use of substitutions and for leaving an injured Seamus Harnedy on the pitch.
“There was a period in the second half when Cork were up by four to six points and they were comfortable, then within a nine-minute window the management made three substitutions. They brought on Mark Ellis, Robbie O’Flynn and Tim O’Mahony.”
“It upset the balance and rhythm of the Cork team. Did any of the three of them offer anything to the game after? It was three changes too quickly. It just killed the momentum. That period hurt Cork and they never recovered from it.”
Cork captain Harnedy was reported to have suffered a hamstring injury during the week but was cleared fit to start. However the 28-year-old was seen limping onto the field before extra-time and was eventually taken off six minutes into the period. O’Sullivan believes the management should have made the decision to take him off earlier.
“At the start of extra-time Seamus Harnedy barely walked out of the dressing rooms, he could hardly go out onto the field and they persisted with him for six minutes – that’s criminal. That’s putting you on the back foot straight away. Seamus is very honest, but there’s misplaced bravery as well and the management should have been strong enough to say ‘sorry Seamus, you can’t walk’.”