Alan Brogan: Aidan O'Shea's bit of 'cute hoorism' could lead Mayo to All-Ireland glory

The former All-Ireland winner had not issue with O'Shea's actions against Fermanagh

BY Daniel Kelly 14:55 Sunday 17 July 2016, 14:55 17 Jul 2016

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea falls after being tackled by Che Cullen of Fermanagh which resulted in a penalty Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Aidan O'Shea's fall, which led to a penalty against Fermanagh, is continuing to gain criticism from many quarters.

One man that did not take issue with O'Shea is All-Ireland winner Alan Brogan. The Dubliner wrote in his Sunday Independent column that he would have done similar if he was in the same situation.

"What Aidan O'Shea did was an act of gamesmanship that resulted in saving his county in their hour of need. This is elite sport, modern day inter-county football, where the only real rule of engagement is win at all costs."

"On the outside, O'Shea will lie low, but inside the Mayo camp they won't care that he took a tumble under minimal contact. There certainly won't be any apologies to his team-mates for letting the moral standards drop."

The three-time All-Ireland winner said he was more worried about the abuse O'Shea was receiving online, that what had happened in Castlebar last weekend.

"I met Ciaran Whelan for lunch on Wednesday and he told me how he had typed O'Shea's name into twitter search and the abuse that came up on the results was shocking. I repeated the exercise that night and was equally horrified."

Brogan thinks that the backlash towards O'Shea could help create a siege mentality in the Mayo camp. The play either the losers of the Leinster of Ulster finals in the final round of the Football Qualifiers.

"They should circle the wagons around their talisman, who I'm sure felt a bit of heat last week."

Can O'Shea's incident help Mayo win their first All-Ireland title since 1951?


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