Tipperary senior football star Alan Moloney is furious with the manner in which Joe Brolly and Colm O’Rourke described the Munster final at half-time on the Sunday Game.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Moloney admitted to being furious with the manner of Brolly and O’Rourke’s behaviour and assessment of the first-half of the Munster final.
“When I sat down to look at the Munster final a few days later, it boiled my blood. They showed total disrespect towards the players and football people in Tipperary.”
Tipperary trailed Kerry 2-07 to 1-04 at half-time in Killarney and after returning from a commercial break, Joe Brolly and Colm O’Rourke were in a fit of giggles. We don’t know exactly what they were laughing about but after regaining his composure, O’Rourke went on to say;
“It’s a nice game but it’s not a proper championship match in the context of a Donegal-Monaghan game, where every ball was fought for and every little inch is fought over.”
The Meath man also stated that ”the game is over.”
Moloney acknowledged that it may not have been the football that Brolly and O’Rourke were laughing about but the Rockwell Rovers clubman was none too impressed with O’Rourke’s comments.
“Maybe it was a private joke but if it was, they should have kept it to themselves and then to turn around and say that it wasn’t a real championship game showed what they really thought of Tipperary football. Hopefully last Saturday quietened them for a while.”
Tipperary’s first appearance since their Munster final defeat to Kerry was last Saturday’s magnificent win over Derry. The Premier men showed huge courage and heart to nick a famous win in Breffni Park. The win over Derry saw Tipperary qualify for their first ever All-Ireland senior football quarter-final.
Moloney admitted that is was a sweet win for Tipp made extra special by the fact that it was Brolly’s native county who they defeated.
“Joe Brolly is from Derry and Colm O’Rourke from Meath. Derry were able to beat Meath and we went out and beat Derry so Colm needs to be careful what he says from now on. Both of them showed no respect at all but if we didn’t win on Saturday, they would have been saying that we caught Cork on the hop in the Munster semi-final. Now we’re starting to get the credit that we deserve.”
Moloney’s comments are strong words but he has every right to be angry with Brolly and O’Rourke. The duo were unprofessional in their work and completely disrespected Tipperary.
Tipp, lead by the attacking duo of Michael Quinlivan and Conor Sweeney, will look to cause another upset this Sunday in Croke Park when they face Connacht champions Galway.
Seán Ó Murchú, Pundit Arena