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Pat Spillane rubbishes ex-RTE colleague Joe Brolly’s ‘boring’ jibe about Dublin

GAA LEGEND Pat Spillane has called out his former RTE colleague Joe Brolly for his comments about Dublin’s ‘boring’ style of football.

The argument rolls back the years to when the pair of GAA icons would verbally battle it out on The Sunday Game.

Pat Spillane called out Brolly after his comments about the All-Ireland champions


Pat Spillane called out Brolly after his comments about the All-Ireland champions
Joe Brolly claimed that Dublin are 'back' to their boring ways


Joe Brolly claimed that Dublin are ‘back’ to their boring ways

Dublin have struggled to get the National Football League off to a proper start after losing to both Monaghan and Mayo in their opening two matches.

Despite the poor start, the Sky Blues were not miles behind either opponent and arguments could be made that they should have won at least one if not both of the games.

Recently, Brolly discussed the ‘tactical mismanagement’ in his Irish Independent column, where he slammed the Dubs’ lack of excitement.

He wrote: “They have gone back to the dull, formulaic, risk-free stuff that had become their hallmark since Dessie Farrell’s arrival…”

Spillane holds a completely different opinion however and proceeded to call Brolly out in his own column, for the Sunday World.

Spillane wrote: “Dublin look like they are using the league to get competitively fit and try out different combinations, as well as look at new players who might make an impact off the bench later on.

“By the way, I don’t agree with Joe Brolly’s contention that Dublin are boring to watch. At times all counties play boring football. Dublin can and do play exciting and entertaining football as well.

“Let’s be realistic, they’re not in the entertainment business, they are in the results business. If you want entertainment, go to the cinema or the theatre.”

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Discussing their difficult start, footballer Cormac Costello has insisted that Dublin’s hunger for winning in winter has not been affected by their track record of summer success.

The 2023 Sam Maguire triumph was Dublin’s NINTH in 13 seasons, with Costello featuring in eight of them.

But he is adamant that motivation is not subsequently lacking for the comparatively frivolous fare of February.

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Costello said: “No, I wouldn’t say so. We were kind of late coming back training.

“A lot of teams might have had a headstart on us as well and there are some lads that are still coming back into the group.

“So there’s a bit of that and a bit of trying new lads out and trying new systems of play. But no, I wouldn’t say that’s an element.”


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