'He's undroppable, Berno is tried and tested' - Dubs attacking star backed to shine against Kerry

After a quiet day against Donegal, Brogan is looking to the showdown with Kerry.

Dublin's Bernard Brogan under pressure from the Donegal defence.
Dublin's Bernard Brogan under pressure from the Donegal defence.
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BERNARD BROGAN HAS been described as ‘undroppable’ by ex-Dublin attacker Ray Cosgrove.

32 year-old Brogan found it difficult to make an impact in the All-Ireland quarter-final win over Donegal and was substituted.

The 2010 Footballer of the Year was also taken off in the Leinster quarter-final success against Laois but did claim the man-of-the-match award in the Leinster final victory over Westmeath.

“He’s undroppable,” insists Cosgrove.

“Rewind the clock 70 minutes, I think he was unbelievable in the Leinster final. I thought he was back to his best. The guy has too much ability, too much talent. Berno is tried and tested.

£It was very difficult (against Donegal), I was watching him, there wasn’t much space. It’s very hard for an inside forward, they’re putting a lot of bodies inside there, the few chances he had, he was being closed down.

“I don’t see Kerry packing the defence like that. He’ll get on a lot more ball than he got (against Donegal).

Volkswagen Sponsor Kilmacud Crokes GAA All-Ireland Senior Club Sevens Ray Cosgrove (centre) at the announcement of Volkswagen's announcement of the Kilmacud Crokes sevens sponosrship Source: Dáire Brennan/SPORTSFILE

“It’s frustrating when you’re inside there and you’re not getting as much space as you’d like. Berno doesn’t need that much space, he’s shown in the Leinster final, he was unbelievable.

“Some of the shots he got off, some of the scores he got were unbelievable.”

And Cosgrove reckons that the four-time All-Star winner will be gunning to bounce back with a strong performance in next Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry.

“The one thing that will drive him over the next few weeks is to answer the critics and put them back in his box.

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“He hasn’t been best player in Dublin for the last number of years, just to be written off over one blip.

“He’ll be trying even harder for the three weeks time. He’s played so well against Kerry over the years, his mother being from there, he spent a lot of summers down there, he’s got a lot of relations down there.

“He’ll want to drive on and get to play now in another All-Ireland final. That’s just a blip as far as I’m concerned on Berno’s copybook.”

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