Keegan critical of Mayo defending for Clifford winner

February 21, 2024

Kerry's David Clifford celebrates at the final whistle against Mayo ©INPHO/James Crombie

Lee Keegan has expressed disappointment with Mayo’s defending for David Clifford’s last-gasp winning point for Kerry on Saturday night.

Despite playing the last 15 minutes with 14 men after Sam Callinan picked up his second yellow card, Mayo fought back to equalise in Tralee before Clifford won it at the death for Kerry.

“To get a point from a Mayo perspective would have been really good,” the former Footballer of the Year told the RTÉ GAA Podcast.

“I don't know if they deserved it for a lot of the performance. Yeah, they hung on for long periods which is brilliant for Mayo and they'll take a lot of positives from that.

“I saw David Clifford on the halfway line and thought, 'surely now, just get hands on him, he's the guy they want. Him or Seán O'Shea, they're direct shooters, big match players, to take that shot on.'

“It was a really tough kick, I agree, but I still think he got too much time where he took the shot from. Granted, the Mayo defence had been really good up until then, but the review from Kevin [McStay] on the defensive side of stuff will probably irk them a little bit."

Most Read Stories