This time, Mayo need Ai­dan to sweep

Irish Examiner - Sport - - ALL-IRELAND SFC FINAL -

CKerry’s Kieran Don­aghy main­tains Ai­dan O’shea was the ag­gres­sor in the duel be­tween the pair that con­cluded with Don­aghy be­ing red-carded in Kerry’s All-ire­land semi­fi­nal de­feat by Mayo. Writ­ing on the AIB GAA Blog, Don­aghy ex­plains: “In my book, I had a chap­ter on how you can’t be the re­ac­tor in sport, you must be the ag­gres­sor. Ai­dan was the ag­gres­sor, and fair play to him, Mayo will need that in spades Sun­day. I re­acted to the dark arts and ended up get­ting sent off and losing the game.” Don­aghy also de­scribed the ver­bals that took place be­tween the star duo. “My­self and Ai­dan O’shea may have been seen smil­ing away to one another, but the re­al­ity was far from that. We were in each other’s faces through­out both games, real phys­i­cal stuff and when one of us won a ball, we weren’t long in let­ting the other man know about it. “Very lit­tle of what was said could be printed here but, if you’d recorded it, I’d say RTE or even Sky would pay a nice few bob to get a half-hour long show out of it.”

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