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Brian McGuigan Has A Serious Go At Declan O’Sullivan And The Gooch
In the rather benign world of GAA media relations, it’s so seldom that we hear a player from one county have a go at players from another county via the radio or the printed press, but Brian McGuigan has not gotten over that red card in Killarney yet. In his column in this week’s Gaelic Life, he’s had a serious go at Declan O’SUllivan’s theatrics in drawing that red card and says he was smiling afterwards a la Ronaldo in 2006 against England. He also doesn’t like the Gooch. (Tomás Ó Sé is grand though).
“The one thing that is going to stick with me is the sight of Declan O’Sullivan smiling and sniggering when he got me sent off.
“I suppose it was a bit like when Cristiano Ronaldo had the wink when he got Wayne Rooney sent off at the World Cup. That image will never leave me.
“People might turn around and say I got Gregory McCartan sent off in an Ulster final (in 2003), but as I’ve said before, I never wanted to get him sent off. I regretted that he was.
“Declan O’Sullivan, however, I felt was more than happy to have got me the line.”
“He was just pure ignorant (after the 2010 league game). Fair enough, it was hard on them, the way they lost (to Colm Cavanagh’s late goal) but there’s still a way to conduct yourself.”
“Two boys I have found who always had an opinion about themselves were Declan O’Sullivan and Colm Cooper. They always gave the impression they looked down on you.
“When we were on trips away with the All-Stars, I got on like a house on fire with Tomás Ó Sé, for example. But not those two boys.
“That’s not sour grapes, because they’re class players. But there’s a way to go about things.
“I think O’Sullivan and ‘Gooch’ are from the same frame of mind as Pat Spillane, where they could never seem to accept that Tyrone could beat them.
“They didn’t like it when we came along and beat them not once but three times.”