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Watch: Diarmuid Connolly Was Given The Special Attention He Is Used To With Dublin In Club Game

Dublin , Ireland - 17 September 2017; Diarmuid Connolly of Dublin is tackled by Chris Barrett of Mayo during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

With all eyes on the Dublin Senior Football Championship semi-finals this evening thanks to Eir Sport’s live TV coverage from Parnell Park, there was talent aplenty on display. 

Ballymun Kickhams overcame Kilmacud Crokes in the opening encounter of the tasty double header to book their place in the final.

Whenever St. Vincent’s take the field there is one man who attracts more attention than any other.

Diarmuid Connolly is long established as a polarising figure in the GAA world. One of the most gifted Gaelic footballers in the game today, he often finds himself surrounded by controversy. Exhibit ‘A’ being his 12-week ban this summer for pushing a linesman during Dublin’s Leinster championship clash with Carlow, forcing him to play just bit-parts in the Dubs’ All-Ireland semi-final and final wins on his return from suspension.

There are those who argue on behalf of Connolly that he is unfairly targeted by opposition time after time on the field of play. Then there are those who dispute that the St. Vincent’s clubman is treated fairly, and those who seek to rough him up on the pitch are playing within the rules, hoping Connolly will play up to his reputation as a hot-head.

One thing that can be agreed on, for sure, is that ‘Diarmo’ is targeted by his opposition almost every time he takes the field. He receives special treatment and is closely monitored which is a testament to his quality and the threat he poses to those in his path.

Be it with Dublin or ‘Vinnies’, it appears there is no let up for Connolly. He is a marked man whenever he crosses that white line. This evening he was subject to the special attention he is now well accustomed to.

Check out the Eir Sports analysis team of Marc Ó Sé and Barry Cahill assess St. Jude’s tactic of playing on the edge against the 30-year-old five time All-Ireland winner.

As every young player is told when they are starting out, there is only one answer to that. Put the ball over the bar…



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