HUGHES SAYS MONAGHAN CAN PLUCK SILVER LINING FROM CASEMENT CLOUD

14 June 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Kevin Carney

Football pundit Nudie Hughes has refused to go along entirely with the criticism meted out by fellow broadcasters to both Monaghan and Antrim following the teams’ dour Ulster SFC quarter-final clash last weekend.

Instead of the focus being on Monaghan’s comfortable 0-11 to 0-6 victory over their hosts, much of the talk locally over the past week has centred on the no-holes barred synopsis of the game as proffered by messrs. Pat Spillane (Kerry) and Kevin McStay (Mayo) on RTE’s ‘Sunday Game’ programme on Sunday night last.

A couple of weeks ago, another pair of t.v pundits, Eamonn O’Hara (Sligo) and Joe Brolly (Derry), came under fire for what was perceived in many quarters as attacks bordering on the personal by O’Hara on Sligo team-manager Kevin Walsh and by Brolly on Armagh boss Paul Grimley in the wake of their sides’ dismal provincial championship exits.

Last weekend, while messrs. Spillane and McStay steered clear of individualising, they let the Monaghan and Antrim teams have it with both barrels on the ‘Sunday Game’.

Kerry football legend Spillane labelled the match in Casement Park “an X-rated horror show” and …

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